News Feeds (RSS) http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11882393&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Billion-dollar territory? Big gain for NZ from America's Cup hosting, city chief predicts New Zealand stands to enjoy big economic gains if it hosted the next America's Cup, an Auckland city boss said this morning, predicting it could be in the billion-dollar territory.Brett O'Riley, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:54:37 +1200 2017-06-27 06:54 +12:00 2017-06-27 06:54 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=217661 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/8YQHy53qr8Q/ Home Improvement DIY Fixtures Summer Good Clean Fun: How to Build an Outdoor Shower Do your deep thinking outside this summer with an outdoor shower - they're easier to set up than you might think. Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:15:46 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-outdoor-shower-217661/#respond See Jane Drill <p>Outdoor showers may seem like a luxury - something that only those with beach houses would need or be lucky enough to have. But if you have kids and pets that love to play in the yard, or if you&#8217;re an avid gardener, runner, or someone that enjoys the freedom of bathing in nature, you may consider an outdoor shower for your own home.</p> <p>Lucky for you, outdoor showers are an accessible feature for just about anyone. It all depends on how simple or complex you want your shower to be. A simple outdoor shower with cold water costs approximately $1,000 or less. An outdoor shower with an enclosure and hot and cold water will run about $4,000-$8,000.</p> <p>Here are four things to consider before taking the plunge on your own little piece of outdoor bathing heaven.</p> <h3>Location</h3> <p>This is one of the most important considerations. It&#8217;s best to choose a spot that you use often. In most cases, anywhere near the back entrance to your home is a good choice - maybe adjacent to the back door or on the back <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tips-wood-deck-maintenance-199537/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">deck</a>. If you have a pool, situate the shower nearby for easy rinse-offs before and after swimming.</p> <p>Another major consideration is plumbing access. Unless you&#8217;re installing the type of shower that attaches to a garden hose, you&#8217;ll need to install it close to existing plumbing.</p> <p>Last but not least, go for a sunny spot. This will help keep mold and mildew at bay, and provide natural warmth while you rinse.</p> <figure id="attachment_217846" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-217846" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shower3-41cc31.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3210-E-Vermont-Ave-Phoenix-AZ-85018/7832879_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Privacy</h3> <p>Privacy is a fairly important consideration, unless you think only swimsuit-clad people will use the outdoor shower. "I encourage people to build with the most modest person in mind," says Ethan Fierro, author of &#8220;The Outdoor Shower.&#8221; The trick is, you want the shower to feel private and far from prying eyes, but you also want to keep the natural feeling.</p> <figure id="attachment_217900" style="width: 550px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/cottage-home-exteriors-5585308793/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-217900 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/cottage-exterior-of-home-with-outdoor-shower-i_g-IS99pqroa4aut60000000000-mHlYv-44044e.jpg" alt="" width="550" height="734" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/cottage-home-exteriors-5585308793/">Point One Architects</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>An easy and adjustable choice is a freestanding folding screen. These screens work particularly well on decks and patios, where it might be impractical to build any type of wall.</p> <p>Another option is building corrugated metal wing walls to create a shower &#8220;corner&#8221; of sorts, where swimmers can rinse off after a dip. You can make this more private by adding a third wall to the design. Of course, there&#8217;s always the more elaborate option, which would be to surround the shower with wooden walls.</p> <h3>Plumbing</h3> <p>The simplest and most inexpensive plumbing option, and one that many people choose, is a shower connected to a garden hose, which is then hooked up to an outside faucet. This cold-water fixture is perfect for an outdoor shower that&#8217;s used only in the heat of summer, and mostly for cleaning off dirt and sand.</p> <p>Next up is the hot-and-cold hose option. First, you&#8217;ll need a plumber to install an outdoor hot-water faucet next to the cold one. From there, it basically works in a similar fashion to the cold-water hose shower.</p> <figure id="attachment_217901" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/153-Paradise-Cove-Rd-Malibu-CA-90265/2140090017_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-217901" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/rustic-3-4-bathroom-with-outdoor-shower-i_g-IS913o0i190a211000000000-Wt1TD-ad0a6a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/153-Paradise-Cove-Rd-Malibu-CA-90265/2140090017_zpid/">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p>The most elaborate - and most expensive - is the plumbed-in outdoor shower. This is worth investing in if you anticipate consistent outdoor showers, and not just for cleaning up after a hot day in the sun. The only downside to this option: If you live in an area with freezing winters, you have to make sure you can fully drain and insulate the plumbing so it doesn't burst.</p> <h3>Drainage</h3> <p>The simplest and most common drainage system is letting the used water drain into your yard. If you don't have very porous ground in your yard, or if the outdoor shower is close to your home, consider attaching the plumbing to your home&#8217;s drainage pipes or installing a French drain (essentially, a gravel-lined channel connected to a pipe that directs water to a drainage area).</p> <p>The easiest thing to do, of course, is to go with the first option and recycle the water into your garden.</p> <h3>Accessories</h3> <p>Add some affordable accessories that greatly increase the fun and pleasure of showering outdoors. A large rainfall <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/diy/replace-showerhead/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">showerhead</a> enhances that outdoor feeling, and plants or flowers in the shower area or peeping through the enclosure add a whimsical touch.</p> <figure id="attachment_217902" style="width: 400px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/craftsman-patios-5087456376/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-217902 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/craftsman-patio-with-outdoor-shower-i_g-IS1bl6sox5yrdn1000000000-LEiB0-8caf13.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="608" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/craftsman-patios-5087456376/">Urrutia Design</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Add some soft solar-powered lights for showering at dusk, install hooks for hanging towels and wet bathing suits, and maybe even add a chair to sit in. Most importantly, design your shower to take advantage of nature&#8217;s views, whether that&#8217;s the sky overhead or the splendor of your backyard garden.</p> <figure id="attachment_217847" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-217847" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shower4-c7b056.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1020-Fern-St-New-Orleans-LA-70118/84480728_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p>With just a little planning and effort, you can install your own outdoor shower and stay cool during the sweltering summer months.</p> <p><em>Get more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/outdoor-shower/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">outdoor shower design inspiration</a> on Zillow Digs.</em></p> <h6><em>Top photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-full-bathrooms-6839093514/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a></em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/outdoor-living/choosing-right-backyard-pool/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Choosing the Right Backyard Pool</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hawaiian-paradise-213521/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">House of the Week: A Hawaiian Paradise With an Enormous Pool</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tyler-blackburn-dream-backyard-214468/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Updates That Helped Tyler Blackburn Create His Dream Backyard</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=8YQHy53qr8Q:1ND9_208PsI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=8YQHy53qr8Q:1ND9_208PsI:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-outdoor-shower-217661/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-outdoor-shower-217661/ 2017-06-26 18:15 +00:00 2017-06-27 06:15 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11882069&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz America's Cup win will transform Auckland: property boss Our city's waterfront will be transformed if Auckland stages the next America's Cup in four years time, a construction and development expert says.Mark McGuinness of luxury apartment specialists Willis Bond said Auckland hosting... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:56:37 +1200 2017-06-27 05:56 +12:00 2017-06-27 05:56 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=205906 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/fZrMLd3mdBM/ Unique Homes historic homes Living Legacy: Making a Family Home in a Historic Mansion From 800 square feet in Manhattan to 6,000 square feet of electrifying history in Nyack, NY. Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:52:06 Z Katherine Martinelli <p>Noah and Dennis Brodsky didn't set out to buy a historic home.</p> <p>They were just looking for a place that could provide a bit more room for their growing family than their 800-square-foot Manhattan apartment. But as soon as they saw this Nyack, NY home, they knew it was meant to be.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/gothic-revival/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Gothic Revival</a> house hit all the marks they were looking for and more: it&#8217;s spacious, within walking distance to town, and has a gorgeous view of the Hudson River.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-pPYYznUaLU?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <h3>A powerful history</h3> <p>Discovering the home's history was an added bonus.</p> <p>Built in the 1850s, the 6,000-square-foot house was once owned by Thomas Edison's lab assistant, William H. Hand. Hand and Edison worked together often in the barn, making significant technological improvements to the battery.</p> <p>The house was in excellent condition when the Brodskys made the purchase in 2014. "What we really spent time doing was making it feel like ours," explains Noah.</p> <p>They changed the colors, added their own furniture, and recently built a nursery for their baby. As an homage to the history of the house, they replaced the standard light bulbs in the kitchen with Edison bulbs.</p> <p>"That personalization is really where we put our energy," Noah remarks.</p> <h3>Quirks and challenges</h3> <p>While the home has been modernized, many historic touches - like original, handmade crown moldings, and a maid's bell system that no longer works - remain.</p> <p>Noah says that they also find relics hidden around the property. For example, in the backyard, they discovered an old smokehouse and a rusted animal-pulled mower buried in the ground.</p> <p>Living in a historic home can have its <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-home-in-historic-district-168891/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">quirky challenges</a>. Getting Wi-Fi throughout the house is "constantly frustrating" because of all the brick. And after the couple&#8217;s first chilly winter, they added insulation in the attic to help with the heating.</p> <h3>Tips for historic home buyers</h3> <p>Dennis advises over-estimating maintenance costs. If something needs to be restored or fixed in a historic home, often you can't simply call a handyman.</p> <p>Additionally, the couple didn't anticipate the impact that having a home on the National Registry of Historic Places would have on their <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-homes-modern-insurance-169604/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">insurance costs</a>.</p> <p>"But it's a lovely house," says Noah, and, as the holidays approach, the two are relishing creating new family traditions in it.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/know-fine-print-historic-homes-203301/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Understanding the Fine Print on Historic Homes</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/preserving-dutch-colonial-home-202740/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Living Legacy: Preserving a 1730 Dutch Colonial Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/fixer-upper-historic-estate-195307/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">&#8216;Fixer Upper&#8217; Couple Snags Historic Estate in Waco</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published November 22, 2016. </em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=fZrMLd3mdBM:Q8bS_rPjc48:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=fZrMLd3mdBM:Q8bS_rPjc48:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/living-legacy-ross-hand-mansion-205906/ 2017-06-26 17:52 +00:00 2017-06-27 05:52 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gaywondrm53g62rxozygindkheyda3df/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/twenty-years-harry-potter-buy-hogwarts-cheaper-think/ topics:things/property-period-heritage-listed topics:things/buying-property topics:things/harry-potter topics:places/scotland structure:money structure:property Twenty years on from Harry Potter, buy yourself your own Hogwarts (it's cheaper than you think) Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:28:27 Z 2017-06-26 11:28 +00:00 2017-06-26 23:28 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11882031&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Sir Ngatata Love suffering dementia, but loses appeal The Court of Appeal has accepted that former Ministry of Maori Development chief executive Sir Ngatata Love suffered from dementia when he went on trial for fraud last year - but it has turned down his appeal against his conviction... 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Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-06-24 05:00 +12:00 2017-06-24 05:00 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11881167&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz The changing scene on K' Rd A character building on Auckland's Karangahape Rd, which dates from the early 1900s, is described by brokers as an unsurpassed multi-tenanted opportunity.JLL broker Jason Armstrong says the character building at 145 K Rd is near... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-06-24 05:00 +12:00 2017-06-24 05:00 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11881159&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Transport hubs - new frontier for developers Step off a train at Britomart or Sylvia Park and you're at the gateways to two of Auckland's busiest shopping strips. But if you didn't already know that, could you tell?Exit signs provide directions but nothing more. Little about... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-06-24 05:00 +12:00 2017-06-24 05:00 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11881154&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Dual tenant 'trophy investment' on the Shore A trophy North Shore industrial investment with an established national tenant on a long-term lease is for sale through Colliers International and NAI Harcourts.The 5254sq m freehold investment at 71 Apollo Drive, Mairangi Bay,... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-06-24 05:00 +12:00 2017-06-24 05:00 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11881153&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz An A-grade industrial investment at Napier A freehold multi-purpose investment site with long term tenancies is for sale in a prime Napier industrial location.The 8170sq m freehold investment opportunity at 33-37 Niven St, Napier, is being marketed by Rob Nankervis of Colliers... 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Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-06-24 05:00 +12:00 2017-06-24 05:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gjxtgytiny3w43digvsw4ntnovygm43d/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/hampstead-historic-london-village-pubs-ponds-getting-brand-new/ topics:things/property-period-heritage-listed topics:things/london-property topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard structure:money topics:places/london structure:property Hampstead, the historic London village of pubs and ponds, is getting a brand new look Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:00:00 Z Laura Latham 2017-06-23 05:00 +00:00 2017-06-23 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=217787 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/96h5XPN2EBw/ Celebrity Real Estate Hip hop musicians Lil Wayne Musicians South Florida Rapper Lil Wayne Sails Away From Miami Mansion for $10M It's Shark Week every week at this home, which has its own indoor pool for the fearsome fishes. Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:31:24 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/lil-wayne-miami-mansion-217787/#respond Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lil Wayne may have had enough Miami vice.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The musician (real name: Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.) is offloading his <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/94-Lagorce-Cir-Miami-Beach-FL-33141/43879334_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Miami Beach mansion</a> to a new owner for a cool $10 million dollars. The waterfront home sits on a tiny, exclusive island just minutes away from world-famous South Beach.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wayne's estate features sleek, modern architecture, expansive windows, and a private boat dock. Dual balconies provide views of Biscayne Bay, while the roof boasts a custom-built skate park.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But the real mic drop may be an indoor shark pool.</span></p> <p>Yes, that&#8217;s right. <em>An indoor shark pool:</em></p> <figure id="attachment_217797" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-217797 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/42-Lagorce-Circle-24-7ef1c0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photos courtesy of <a href="https://spectrumrealestatephotography.com/">Spectrum Real Estate Photography</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>There's no word on whether the 6-bedroom main house comes with sharks included, but a 3-bedroom guesthouse boasts a private recording studio.</p> <p>There&#8217;s an outdoor infinity pool to cool off in during those hot South Florida summers, and 15,000 square feet of interior living space.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/L-2-fab3ed.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/L-4-cd140f.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/L-3-7489cf.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/94-Lagorce-Circle-14-4e83c7.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/42-Lagorce-Circle-13-12be64.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/42-Lagorce-Circle-24-7ef1c0.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/42-Lagorce-Circle-23-c6a7c2.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/42-Lagorce-Circle-27-510532.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/42-Lagorce-Circle-12-6f104a.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/42-Lagorce-Circle-38-7aaa27.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/42-Lagorce-Circle-09-57d0da.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/42-Lagorce-Circle-40-8f09bf.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/94-Lagorce-Circle-37-593e2b.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/42-Lagorce-Circle-30-a830ad.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/42-Lagorce-Circle-31-b1464f.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/94-Lagorce-Circle-19-f0f97a.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/42-Lagorce-Circle-03-b665e2.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/42-Lagorce-Circle-01-4a3a7f.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <h6><em>Photos courtesy of <a href="https://spectrumrealestatephotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Spectrum Real Estate.</a></em></h6> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In related news, sharks appear to be having a pop culture moment this summer, with a <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/watch-jaws-on-the-water-austin-alamo-drafthouse" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">"floating screening" of  &#8220;JAWS&#8221; in Texas</a> (viewers sit in innertubes while watching the movie), while <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/sharknado-5-unveils-climate-change-inspired-title-1009381" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">&#8220;Sharknado 5&#8221; has a planned release in August.</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="http://www.tyforkner.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ty Forkner</a> of Sotheby's International Realty carried the listing. </span></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/audrey-hepburn-former-home-217658/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Hepburn, History and Hollywood Combine in Audrey&#8217;s Former Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/island-dream-homes-216781/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">8 Dream Homes Serving Up a Slice of Island Life</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/kendall-selling-la-condo-217096/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Kendall Jenner Packs It In, Listing Her LA Condo for $1.6M</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=96h5XPN2EBw:CYCmm0ikckk:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=96h5XPN2EBw:CYCmm0ikckk:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/lil-wayne-miami-mansion-217787/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/lil-wayne-miami-mansion-217787/ 2017-06-22 23:31 +00:00 2017-06-23 11:31 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=217525 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/ozuoOIIvG8U/ Home Improvement decorating Designer Lookbook remodeling Designer Lookbook: Board & Vellum's Second Story Add-on Short on space? Take a cue from this Seattle firm's clever remodel to maximize every square foot. Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:51:59 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/board-vellum-value-add-217525/#respond Sheila Cain <p>Bigger isn't always better. In the case of this West Seattle remodel, the owners were set against a large, looming addition that they feared would overwhelm surrounding homes. They turned to Seattle design firm <a href="https://www.boardandvellum.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Board &amp; Vellum</a>, where they found the solution to their need for extra space.</p> <p>In a surprisingly compact 740 square feet, their new addition incorporates space-saving techniques and unique design elements without overshadowing the neighbors.</p> <p>The existing single-story home featured a finished basement, a small living room, two small bedrooms on the main level, an awkward entry, and few distinguishing features. "It just didn't live large enough," says Jeff Pelletier, principal at Board &amp; Vellum. "There was no real breathing room at all."</p> <p>Understandably, the owners wanted more space, but they weren't interested in sacrificing <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-friendly-curb-appeal-194022/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">curb appeal</a> to get it. Pelletier, who says he loves optimizing small spaces, was the perfect architect to take on the challenge.</p> <p>A second story made the most sense to get the square footage the family needed, and Pelletier used a combination of bold structural choices and whimsical details to achieve the goal.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-217527" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Before-After-Exterior-Collage-1932x2560-0945f4.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="663" /></p> <h3>Moving up</h3> <p>A second-story addition naturally requires a new stairway to reach it. The typical approach of stacking the new staircase atop the basement set of stairs initially made a lot of sense, Pelletier says, but it "created a challenging second floor that didn't really work."</p> <p>Instead, Pelletier and his team turned a former front bedroom into an entry hall, and placed the new stairway just inside the front door. Then, they added a large archway and glass cabinets between the entry hall and the adjoining living room.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-217530" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Bungalow-West-03-6a8ef7.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>A generous pass-through helps the room spill out into an adjoining space without adding any square footage, while double-sided glass cabinets increase the visual size of the room and help it feel larger. "It's a great trick for small spaces, where you need storage and a more open feel," Pelletier says.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-217531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Bungalow-West-04-f2d407.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Another of the home's space-optimizing design elements is a 3-foot overhang of the second story at the rear of the house. Placing the bulk at the back of the house easily hides the added space, and also creates a welcome cover over the back deck and grill.</p> <h3>It's the little things</h3> <p>While the bulk of the family's new space came with the construction of the second story, a number of smaller design elements helped the family further realize their addition's potential.</p> <p>The two <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/create-kid-approved-bedroom-209418/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">kids' rooms</a> in the new upstairs space offered the most potential for creative design. "The rooms didn't have to be big, but they had to be interesting," says Pelletier.</p> <p>In the daughter's room, he created a reading nook in a window seat, with built-in bookshelves and storage underneath. In the boy's room, he opened up the attic to create a loft accessed by a wall-mounted ladder, and closet doors slide side to side instead of swinging open into the room.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-217537" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Bungalow-West-09-cf7478.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-217534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Bungalow-West-07-5f824c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Instead of adding doors to upstairs linen closets, Pelletier designed a series of drawers so the closet looks like a built-in cabinet. And in the kids' bathroom, Pelletier held out for a bathtub that was just slightly smaller than a conventional tub (4 1/2 feet long versus 5 feet long) but fit just right in the available space.</p> <p>"That extra 6 inches made all the difference," says Pelletier. "Sometimes you have to look for solutions that are a little more custom but allow the home to feel larger."</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-217538" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Bungalow-West-10-f15225.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h3>Make the most of your remodel</h3> <p>Sometimes small design changes are all it takes to let a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-traits-194949/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">small home</a> breathe. Pelletier offers a few tips to homeowners looking to add space to their existing homes.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Turn an attic into loft space. </strong>Removing a ceiling to open up an attic can make small bedrooms feel larger. It also allows for the option of a sleeping loft - something kids especially love.</li> <li><strong>Maximize space with built-ins. </strong>Adding built-in nooks - such as the glass cabinet in the entryway of this West Seattle home - offers space to store linens and collectibles, while also creating a sight line between two rooms.</li> <li><strong>Blend two small rooms.</strong> Adding French doors between a small office and a small living area gives homeowners the option of combining the two. Swing the doors open to create a combined space, and close the doors when there's work to be done.</li> <li><strong>Consider a finished basement. </strong>Remodeling an unfinished basement is a sure way to gain more space, and it's usually less expensive than adding on vertically.</li> </ul> <p><em>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">home design inspiration</a> on Zillow Digs.</em></p> <p><em>Photos by <a href="http://jwphoto.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">John G. Wilbanks Photography</a></em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/kitchen-remodeling-budget-216409/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pro Tips for Making the Most of Your Kitchen Remodeling Budget</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/jennifer-stoner-family-room-216540/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Designer Lookbook: Jennifer Stoner&#8217;s Vibrant Family Room Addition</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/pre-war-apartment-remodel-194715/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Before &amp; After: Remodeling a 100-Year-Old Apartment</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ozuoOIIvG8U:3AmJNiH9BRc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ozuoOIIvG8U:3AmJNiH9BRc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/board-vellum-value-add-217525/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/board-vellum-value-add-217525/ 2017-06-22 22:51 +00:00 2017-06-23 10:51 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=217626 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/yAZgLpBSdVY/ Unique Homes green homes house of the week tiny homes waterfront homes House of the Week: Island Cabin With Northwest Charm While small, this home boasts barn doors, water views and vintage touches. Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:01:34 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/orcas-island-cabin-217626/#respond Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sometimes bigger isn't better.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One woman in Washington state learned that the hard way. She spent years living large, trying to fill sizable homes - up to 6,000 square feet - with stuff. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Living by herself, she says she found it wasteful, if not a bit lonely.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She ended up finding freedom - in just 610 square feet.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Enter this </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/46-Urner-St-Eastsound-WA-98245/94682619_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">charming cabin in the heart of Orcas Island</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, in the far northwest corner of the Evergreen State. The homeowner built it with locally-sourced wood and recycled denim insulation, giving the micro-home a small ecological footprint while offering big, breathtaking views of the water nearby.</span></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-PHOTO-Urner-St.-31-30c2c5.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4Urner-St.-37-a77724.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-d60af5.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5-Urner-St.-44-6548c4.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6-Urner-St.-27-2e53bb.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/7-Urner-St.-26-f3cf3f.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10-Urner-St.-55-cf6516.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/re-sized-exterior-d057d8.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HERO-IMAGE-3dcaa8-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two massive, sliding barn doors separate the bedroom from the main living area. Warm wood beams line the ceiling and windowsills, while hand-crafted shelving and baseboards complete the living space. All of the furnishings feature wood from trees grown locally on Orcas Island.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The owner repurposed a vintage farmhouse sink to anchor the open kitchen, while surrounding it with natural wood shelving and stainless steel accents. She also put a white clawfoot tub and pedestal sink in the bathroom, and used a weathered-looking turquoise door to anchor the outside entrance to the basement, which currently houses a laundry room.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_217639" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-217639 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/14-door-36f1e5.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="591" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">This aquamarine door leads to the laundry room.</figcaption></figure> <p>The owner tends to the 7,000-square-foot lot using organic methods, keeping wild honeysuckle, blackcap raspberries, red huckleberries and more. Wildlife - including owls, hawks and deer - are frequent visitors to the naturally maintained property.</p> <figure id="attachment_217634" style="width: 467px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-217634 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/8-Urner-St.-23-dba12e.jpg" alt="" width="467" height="700" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">A view of the water from inside the cabin.</figcaption></figure> <p>The weekend farmers market, local bookstore and cafes (including a restaurant run by a <a href="https://www.jamesbeard.org/blog/2016-jbf-restaurant-and-chef-award-semifinalists" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">James Beard-nominated chef</a>) are half a block away. Two beaches are within walking distance, allowing for a quick afternoon of kayaking or paddleboarding among the famous San Juan Islands.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Even with all the local amenities, the owner&#8217;s favorite aspect is the simplicity.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"There&#8217;s just so much more good one can do in life when living simply, because many burdens have been removed,&#8221; she says. &#8220;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">I adore small spaces! I&#8217;m so grateful that I finally found the courage to live my values. I feel such relief and freedom."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kathryn Bowes of Sotheby's International Realty </span><a href="http://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/180-l-575-wdnphn/charming-orcas-island-eco-cabin-eastsound-wa-98245" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">holds the listing</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <h6><em>Photos by <a href="http://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/associate/180-a-575-4031011/kathryn-bowes">Kathryn Bowes</a></em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/island-dream-homes-216781/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">8 Dream Homes Serving Up a Slice of Island life</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tips-wood-deck-maintenance-199537/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">7 Tips for Maintaining and Repairing Wood Decks</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/rebecca-vant-hull-weekend-retreat-217165/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Designer Lookbook: Rebecca Van&#8217;t Hull&#8217;s Colorful Weekend Retreat</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=yAZgLpBSdVY:lMtksSGYAnE:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=yAZgLpBSdVY:lMtksSGYAnE:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/orcas-island-cabin-217626/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/orcas-island-cabin-217626/ 2017-06-22 21:01 +00:00 2017-06-23 09:01 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=217658 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/QDeH4txQ4aU/ Celebrity Real Estate Actors Audrey Hepburn Eva Gabor frank sinatra Mia Farrow Musicians Hepburn, History and Hollywood Combine in Audrey's Former Home For just $13.995 million, you can add your name to a list of residents that also includes Frank Sinatra, Mia Farrow, and Eva Gabor. Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:48:00 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/audrey-hepburn-former-home-217658/#respond Satinder Haer <p>Celebrities often buy homes from their fellow A-listers. But even among <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/celebrity-home-handoffs-202863/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">homes with a rich celeb history</a>, the Eva Gabor Estate is a standout. Built in 1938, the home boasts former residents including Frank Sinatra, Mia Farrow, and Audrey Hepburn.</p> <p>Paul Williams, a renowned Hollywood architect, built <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/100-Delfern-Dr-Los-Angeles-CA-90077/59276742_zpid" target="_blank" rel="noopener">this traditional-style home</a> in Holmby Hills &#8212; a prime Los Angeles location - in 1938. Socialite and actress Eva Gabor, star of &#8220;Green Acres,&#8221; snapped up the 6,414-square-foot estate in the mid-&#8217;70s and lived there for two decades. The home became known for its long-term owner and, despite its other famous tenants over the years, the name stuck.</p> <p>Hollywood glamour emanates from the stately, white home. From a brick paved driveway, a single red door leads into the grand foyer. A curved staircase beginning where the foyer ends draws the eye, and it&#8217;s hard to miss the enormous chandelier hanging overhead.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/001-0f0f76.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/006-1ce297.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/007-4e0801.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/009-852a46.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/0012-4dc949.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/0011-e55907.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/0014-a29349.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/0016-0c472b.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/0017-1a3442.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/0025-661b08.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/0022-82e794.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/0021-e62ece.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/0024-eb586d.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/004-d05ec4.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/0020-37eea4.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/005-5c343b.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <h6><em>Photos by Adrian Anz, courtesy of Jade Mill.</em></h6> <p>A fireplace anchors the large living room, which includes a cozy reading nook with built-in bookshelves. Other living spaces in the home include a family room and two dining rooms.</p> <p>Four of the home&#8217;s 6 bedrooms are upstairs, while another 2, described in the listing as &#8220;staff bedrooms&#8221; are located downstairs. Additionally, a 700-square-foot guesthouse and 1,000-square-foot detached office space boast several more bedrooms, bathrooms, and recreational space.</p> <p>While iron gates and an impressive facade add to the home&#8217;s Hollywood allure, the grounds really complete the picture. The 1.1-acre lot includes a beautiful backyard with a tennis court, lush lawns, manicured gardens, a patio and a large pool.</p> <p>Jade Mill of <a href="https://www.jademillsestates.com/property/traditional-tennis-court-estate-on-1-1-acres" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jade Mill Estates</a> holds the listing.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/palm-springs-zsa-zsa-209497/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Do Palm Springs Like Zsa Zsa in the &#8217;60s </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/barack-michelle-obama-buy-dc-home-216622/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Barack and Michelle Obama Buy $8.1M D.C. Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/yolanda-hadid-la-home-215966/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">'Real Housewife' Yolanda Hadid's L.A. Home Sells for $4.995M</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=QDeH4txQ4aU:DXCCTkypuro:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=QDeH4txQ4aU:DXCCTkypuro:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/audrey-hepburn-former-home-217658/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/audrey-hepburn-former-home-217658/ 2017-06-22 18:48 +00:00 2017-06-23 06:48 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ojwtgzligayg43btgrtwunlhnnxdem3h/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/news/revealed-uks-incredible-new-buildings-2017/ topics:things/property-period-heritage-listed topics:things/conservation structure:art/architecture topics:things/uk-property topics:things/luxury-property Revealed: the UK's most incredible new buildings of 2017 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:00:00 Z 2017-06-22 05:00 +00:00 2017-06-22 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=217524 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/Zllr4oQ61Z0/ Unique Homes green homes waterfront homes 7 Off-the-Grid Homes That Will Make You Want to Unplug Living sustainably doesn't mean roughing it. Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:06:06 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/off-the-grid-homes-217524/#respond Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>The chaos of modern life - with the constant stream of emails, multitude of devices and keeping pace with modern technology - can be exhausting. If you've ever thought about throwing away all your electronics, living sustainably or finally ditching life in the city, these seven off-the-grid homes may have just what you need.</p> <h3>Ambajejus Lake, ME</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/Moreair-Is-Ambajejus-Lake-ME-04462/2096125016_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Moreair Is, Ambajejus Lake, ME<br /> </a>For sale: $389,600</p> <figure id="attachment_217556" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/Moreair-Is-Ambajejus-Lake-ME-04462/2096125016_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-217556 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Ambajejus-Lake-ME-4443fb.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/Moreair-Is-Ambajejus-Lake-ME-04462/2096125016_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p>Unplugging from smart phones and the internet wouldn't be difficult at this ultra-private island property off Ambajejus Lake. In addition to the beautiful lake and Mount Katahdin views, it features two structures: one that is more insulated for winter stays, and a larger cabin that would be more comfortable during the summers. You can enjoy complete solitude with this property - your nearest neighbor would be approximately one mile away.</p> <p>Find more homes <a href="https://www.zillow.com/millinocket-town-of-millinocket-me/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">near Lake Ambajejus</a>.</p> <h3>Boise, ID</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/50-Yellow-Pine-Ln-Boise-ID-83716/89932439_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">50 Yellow Pine Ln, Boise, ID<br /> </a>For sale: $725,000</p> <figure id="attachment_217554" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/50-Yellow-Pine-Ln-Boise-ID-83716/89932439_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-217554 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Boise-ID-68ad7d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/50-Yellow-Pine-Ln-Boise-ID-83716/89932439_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p>This charming Idaho log cabin has floor-to-ceiling windows, a beautiful stone fireplace, a gourmet kitchen and a large bathroom with a clawfoot tub for soaking. The home comes with a large horse barn and complete-and-utter privacy on 40 acres of land. Hydro- and solar-powered, this home makes it very easy for you to enjoy a sustainable, off-the-grid lifestyle in the middle of the woods.</p> <p>See more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/boise-id/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Boise</a>.</p> <h3>Winthrop, WA</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/98-Sage-Canyon-Rd-Winthrop-WA-98862/102624823_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">98 Sage Canyon Rd, Winthrop, MA</a><br /> For sale: $497,000</p> <figure id="attachment_217550" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/98-Sage-Canyon-Rd-Winthrop-WA-98862/102624823_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-217550 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Winthrop-WA-ac468e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/98-Sage-Canyon-Rd-Winthrop-WA-98862/102624823_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p>This home, with views of the North Cascades National Park and Methow Valley, makes going off the grid look luxurious. The house is set on 97 acres, featuring protected meadows, wildflowers and a pine forest. Inside, the home boasts 3,600 square feet of custom craftsmanship, including a spiral staircase, large rec room and a spa-like master bathroom.</p> <p>See more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/winthrop-wa/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Winthrop</a>.</p> <h3>Sierraville, CA</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/804-Fiberboard-Rd-Sierraville-CA-96126/15253416_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">804 Fiberboard Rd, Sierraville, CA<br /> </a>For sale: $988,000</p> <figure id="attachment_217602" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/804-Fiberboard-Rd-Sierraville-CA-96126/15253416_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-217602 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/CA-c4b9da-e1497993731115.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/804-Fiberboard-Rd-Sierraville-CA-96126/15253416_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p>With such close proximity to Lake Tahoe and Reno, NV, this home is the perfect getaway for those wishing to unplug. The interior of the home is rustic yet modern with a chef's kitchen, two-story ceilings in the living area and a large stone fireplace. The property is perfect for snowmobiling in the winter and fishing in the summer, and even includes its own helipad.</p> <p>Check out more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sierraville-ca/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sierraville</a>.</p> <h3>Albuquerque, NM</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/20-Canoncito-Dr-NE-Albuquerque-NM-87122/2094264881_zpid/">20 Canoncito Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM</a><br /> For sale: $612,000</p> <figure id="attachment_217615" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/20-Canoncito-Dr-NE-Albuquerque-NM-87122/2094264881_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-217615 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/NM-e36b2e-e1497997436789.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/20-Canoncito-Dr-NE-Albuquerque-NM-87122/2094264881_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p>Steps from the Piedra Lisa and La Luz trailheads, this solar-powered home is made for exploring the high desert. It was also designed to bring the outdoors in with large windows, a deck spanning the width of the house and a cozy window seat.</p> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/rio-rancho-nm/">Rio Rancho listings</a>.</p> <h3>Wolcott, VT</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1858-Town-Hill-Rd-Wolcott-VT-05680/2094724997_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">1858 Town Hill Rd, Wolcott, VT<br /> </a>For sale: $399,000</p> <figure id="attachment_217551" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1858-Town-Hill-Rd-Wolcott-VT-05680/2094724997_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-217551 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Walcott-VT-bac2b1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1858-Town-Hill-Rd-Wolcott-VT-05680/2094724997_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p>Whether you&#8217;re craving a cozy spot to finally draft that novel, or you simply want to enjoy the privacy and tranquility of rural Vermont, this custom-built, modern home fits the bill. Completely self-sufficient with propane radiant-floor heat, it&#8217;s made for those harsh Northeastern winters. It also has an apple orchard and a permanent tree blind for a homeowner who wishes to hunt on the land.</p> <p>Find more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/wolcott-vt/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Wolcott</a>.</p> <h3>Black Mountain, NC</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/60-Bucks-Walk-Black-Mountain-NC-28711/68671772_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">60 Bucks Walk, Black Mountain, NC<br /> </a>For sale: $949,000</p> <figure id="attachment_217604" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/60-Bucks-Walk-Black-Mountain-NC-28711/68671772_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-217604 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/NC-b8a853-e1497993966190.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/60-Bucks-Walk-Black-Mountain-NC-28711/68671772_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p>Sweeping mountain and forest views, a custom-crafted interior and a separate, spacious guest cottage are just a few of this home&#8217;s selling points. Though the home has the capability to be completely off the grid with solar paneling, a diesel generator and cistern water storage, you won't be roughing it with an updated kitchen, tranquil bathrooms and a library.</p> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/black-mountain-nc/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Black Mountain</a> homes for sale.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/new-frameworks-building-homes-211720/">Building Earth-Friendly Homes While Shaping a Better Future</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/off-the-grid-bunker-174148/">Off-the-Grid Bunker With a Soft Side</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/could-you-live-off-the-grid-182828/">Could You Live Off the Grid? </a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Zllr4oQ61Z0:iY2n8YYnpjA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Zllr4oQ61Z0:iY2n8YYnpjA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/off-the-grid-homes-217524/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/off-the-grid-homes-217524/ 2017-06-21 21:06 +00:00 2017-06-22 09:06 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gnudo2dnmyyhe3jrnvwwc2tegzwwmnzu/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/battersea-power-station-slashes-number-affordable-homes-claims/ topics:people/sadiq-khan storytype:standard topics:things/planning topics:organisations/battersea-power-station topics:things/affordable-homes structure:money topics:places/london structure:property Battersea Power Station slashes number of affordable homes as it claims they are 'unviable' Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:43:16 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-06-21 12:43 +00:00 2017-06-22 00:43 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/grtww3zwgzxw4nlegfuxi4tlhbrdk5le/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/come-glastonbury-stay-quaint-village-castle-cary/ storytype:standard topics:things/new-home topics:events/glastonbury-festival topics:places/somerset topics:things/agriculture structure:money topics:things/house-prices structure:property Come for Glastonbury and stay for the quaint village of Castle Cary Wed, 21 Jun 2017 05:00:00 Z Anna White 2017-06-21 05:00 +00:00 2017-06-21 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=217563 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/xHyCWj71a8Q/ Tips & Advice Mortgages Mortgage Rates Start Summer Near 2017 Lows ... Will It Hold? Find out how the recent Federal Reserve rate hike could affect your home-buying and refinancing plans. Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:39:22 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/mortgage-rates-summer-2017-217563/#respond Julian Hebron <p>This month the Federal Reserve <a href="https://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/pressreleases/monetary20170614a.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">hiked rates for the third time in seven months</a>. Does this mean the end of low mortgage rates? Let's take a closer look to see how it impacts your home-buying and refinancing plans.</p> <h3>What is a Fed rate hike, anyway?</h3> <p>The Fed Funds Rate is an overnight bank-to-bank lending rate. While this rate isn't available to consumers, the Federal Reserve (America's central bank) uses it to help influence overall rate levels in the economy.</p> <p>When times are tough, the Fed lowers the Fed Funds Rate to stimulate the economy. In the heat of the 2008 financial crisis, it cut the Fed Funds Rate all they way down to .25 percent, and kept it there until December 2015, when it felt the  economic recovery had solidified.</p> <p>Then it started hiking in increments of .25 percent, and have done so four times: December 2015, December 2016, March 2017, and June 2017.</p> <p>Even though the Fed Funds Rate has now risen to 1.25 percent, traditional <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-rates/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">mortgage rates</a> haven't risen much - and, in fact, are near 2017 lows as summer kicks off.</p> <h3>Certain mortgages are already up 1%</h3> <p>When we say "traditional mortgage rates" are holding near 2017 lows, we mean rates on primary mortgages that most people get on their homes.</p> <p>However, one mortgage product that's directly impacted by these Fed hikes is the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/home-equity-line-credit-heloc" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Home Equity Line of Credit</a> (HELOC).</p> <p>HELOC rates are based on two components: a set base rate called a "margin," plus a fluctuating rate called an "index."</p> <p>The index for HELOCs is the Prime Rate, which is a rate that is directly tied to Fed Funds. In fact, the Prime Rate is the Fed Funds Rate plus 3 percent.</p> <p>We know that the Fed Funds Rate is now 1.25 percent after recent hikes. This means that the Prime Rate is now 4.25 percent.</p> <p>Therefore anyone with a HELOC now has a rate of 4.25 percent plus whatever their margin is. Margins are typically somewhere between zero and three percent in addition to Prime, and your margin is based on your credit quality and how much or little you're borrowing relative to the price of your home.</p> <p>HELOC rates rising 1 percent because of recent with Fed hikes means that your monthly interest cost on a $100,000 HELOC is now $83 more per month.</p> <p>If have or <a href="https://www.zillow.com/home-loans/#/heloc" target="_blank" rel="noopener">need a HELOC</a> to get cash out of your home but don't want to risk your rate rising further, here's <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/heloc-home-equity-cash-refi/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">how to evaluate the difference</a> between a HELOC, home equity loan, and a cash out mortgage.</p> <h3>Traditional mortgages are holding at 2017 lows</h3> <p>The reason rates on primary mortgages most people get haven't spiked like HELOC rates is because primary mortgage rates are tied to trading in mortgage bonds, not the Fed Funds Rate.</p> <p>Most U.S. mortgage loans up to $424,100 are packaged into mortgage bonds, and these bonds trade daily in global markets. Mortgage rates fall when prices of these bonds rise on economic uncertainty, and vice versa.</p> <p>Rates have been holding near 2017 lows as demand for mortgage bonds remains strong. The reason for this demand is that these bonds are considered a safe investment when policy initiatives in Washington and global economic growth looks uncertain (like it does now).</p> <h3>Where do mortgage rates go from here?</h3> <p>Thirty-year fixed mortgage rates on loans up to $424,100 are currently at or just below 4 percent as of  this writing - please note mortgage rates change throughout each day.</p> <p>The Mortgage Bankers Association updates its rate forecasts monthly, and the June forecast calls for rates to rise very slightly - about .125 percent to .25 percent - from current levels as we move through the summer. And they call for rates to be around 4.375 percent as we move into the holidays.</p> <p>These projections can change monthly as the economic and political environment evolves in the U.S. and globally, but for now you can see that rates might rise by about .375 percent by year end.</p> <p>On a $300,000 loan, this would mean your payment rising by $66.</p> <p>Not that $66 is small, but in the context of the global rate market, this is a relatively small increase that shouldn't fundamentally alter how much home many people qualify for.</p> <p><em>Looking for more information about mortgages? Check out our <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mortgage Learning Center</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/rate-volatility-and-affordability-213488/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How 2017 Rate Volatility Impacts Home Affordability</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/mortgage-points-prime-rate/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Prime Rate and Mortgage Points Explained</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/get-best-heloc-rates/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Get the Best HELOC Rates</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=xHyCWj71a8Q:fnxI0BW7PjI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=xHyCWj71a8Q:fnxI0BW7PjI:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/mortgage-rates-summer-2017-217563/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/mortgage-rates-summer-2017-217563/ 2017-06-20 17:39 +00:00 2017-06-21 05:39 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mmzhim3bgrvxiytvny2w65jqmeztkntw/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/renting/meet-couple-upcycled-home-quirky-holiday-let/ topics:things/property-period-heritage-listed topics:things/self-build structure:interiors/diy topics:things/renting-property storytype:standard structure:money structure:property Meet the couple who 'upcycled' their home into a quirky holiday let Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:00:00 Z 2017-06-20 05:00 +00:00 2017-06-20 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=75395 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/gnz3AhJ3EDk/ Editors' Picks Tips & Advice home buying Home selling 5 Facts Home Buyers and Sellers Should Know About Credits No matter which side of the transaction you're on, you don't want to give up more than you have to. Mon, 19 Jun 2017 21:48:14 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-things-homebuyers-and-sellers-should-know-about-credits-75395/#comments Brendon DeSimone <p>After months of searching for the perfect home, making some offers, and maybe even competing with other buyers, you finally have a deal on your dream home. It took some negotiations, but you and the seller have come to terms.</p> <p>Or have you?</p> <p>Too often, getting a signed contract and putting your money into escrow is the beginning of what can become yet another round of negotiations. Here are five things every home buyer and seller should know about last-minute negotiations or credits.</p> <p><strong>Buyers may ask for credits based on property inspections.</strong></p> <p>Usually, a real estate contract either provides for a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-to-expect-when-youre-inspecting-100268/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">property inspection</a>, or buyers inspect before signing. Depending on the property and the issues, a buyer might also have a particular type of inspection for the sewer line, septic, pool or roof.</p> <p>These inspections can bring to light issues that the buyer couldn't possibly have known about before making an offer. Once inspected, the buyer may still be interested in pursuing the sale. But given the needed repairs they will probably want to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/negotiating-after-home-inspection-140771/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">re-negotiate the price</a> by asking for credits or a reduction in the purchase price.</p> <p><strong> Sellers should consider having a property inspection before listing.</strong></p> <p>The goal is to avoid negotiations once you're under contract, because they're not going to be in your favor. If you know the roof is near the end of its life or the furnace breaks from time to time, let it be known upfront, because rarely can you "sneak" something past the buyer.</p> <p>You might even go as far as having your property <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/why-you-should-have-your-home-inspected-before-selling-132363/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">inspected before listing the home</a>. This way, you can address any issues, and make the inspection report available to buyers. They can come up with their best offer upfront, knowing what they're getting.</p> <p>If you have an inspection report or are otherwise assured your property is in great shape, you could even ask for an "as-is" clause in the contract. Although it's not necessarily enforceable, it will send a strong message to the buyers that you aren't open to more negotiation.</p> <p><strong>Sellers may try to avoid giving credits by having work done before escrow closes.</strong></p> <p>After inspections, the seller might agree to have work done before the closing. Or the seller may require that a payment is given directly to a contractor for the purpose of performing the specific, required work and nothing else.</p> <p>These agreements help protect the seller, because buyers sometimes ask for credits just to help offset the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/who-pays-closing-costs-140343/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">closing costs</a> - and never intends to do the repair work.</p> <p>It also protects the seller if initial estimates for needed work turn out to have been overstated.</p> <p><strong> Buyers who ask for credits just to get the price down may be taking a chance.</strong></p> <p>Sometimes the buyer concedes on the purchase price thinking they can come back after the property inspection and ask for an additional concession.</p> <p>The buyer may even feel empowered now that they've completed a series of inspections and are just weeks away from closing. The seller isn't going to go back to the drawing board with a new buyer over a few more dollars, right?</p> <p>Actually, they might. If it's a strong buyer's market, there's a good chance the buyer can pull it off, but if it's more of a neutral or a seller's market, the seller may call your bluff. They're assuming that you're the one who, having invested all this time and money on inspections and an appraisal, isn't going to walk away over a few dollars.</p> <p><strong>Buyers nearly always ask for credits, so sellers should give themselves some cushion.</strong></p> <p>You should also leave some additional room for negotiation when you're in escrow. Always assume the buyer will ask for minor repair work - they nearly always do, even if there are no major issues. If you leave some cushion for yourself, you'll feel better about the deal, and you'll have protected yourself against the inevitable.</p> <p>Conversely, the last thing you want is to be blindsided by a buyer asking for a few thousand dollars credit - just when you think the deal is finally done.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <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> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/keep-closing-process-moving-179305/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">4 Ways to Keep Your Closing Process Moving</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-is-a-home-warranty-and-do-you-need-one-128610/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">What Is a Home Warranty, and Do You Need One?</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 8, 2012.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=gnz3AhJ3EDk:NJUXDW59xEA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=gnz3AhJ3EDk:NJUXDW59xEA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-things-homebuyers-and-sellers-should-know-about-credits-75395/feed/ 17 https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-things-homebuyers-and-sellers-should-know-about-credits-75395/ 2017-06-19 21:48 +00:00 2017-06-20 09:48 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=217414 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/u4udORTHVms/ Editors' Picks Tips & Advice landlords Moving relocation Renting Your Lease Is Up? Here Are 3 Good Reasons to Renew Should you stay or should you go? Think twice before packing up and moving to a new place. Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:46:06 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/renewing-your-lease-217414/#respond Jennifer Lyons <p>If you're approaching the end of your lease, it's easy to think of reasons to move - new neighborhood, change of scenery, different amenities. But there are many compelling reasons why staying put might be a better choice.</p> <p>Take these three considerations into account before packing up and making the move.</p> <h3>Dollars and cents</h3> <p>From security deposits to moving supplies to renting a truck or hiring movers - and even time off work to get unpacked and settled - moving is never cheap.</p> <p>Moving to a new place can cost renters between $2,900 and $4,500 -  not including the rent itself, according to Nathan Miller, founder and CEO at <a href="https://www.rentecdirect.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Rentec Direct</a>, a company that creates software for landlords and property managers.</p> <p>"And that's just our sample size in Portland, Oregon," he notes. "When you consider bigger cities like San Francisco, Seattle, or New York, it could be two to three times that amount, and many people don't have that much cash available."</p> <p>Deposits and move-in fees can be double or triple the monthly rent. And while many tenants count on <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-your-security-deposit-back-210363/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">getting the full deposit back</a> to put toward a new deposit, it's rare to get it all back, even if you've taken great care of your unit.</p> <p>"In many cities, landlords aren't required to refund your deposit for 30 days, so you can't immediately use that money for your new place," Miller notes.</p> <h3>The ball's in your court</h3> <p>If you decide to move, your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-choose-property-manager-215717/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">property manager</a> has to spend money on advertising to fill the vacancy, plus pay at least two to four weeks of carrying costs until a new tenant moves in and starts paying rent.</p> <p>Landlords paying attention to their bottom line would rather keep you - especially if you've been a good tenant that pays on time - than spend time and money finding someone new. This alone puts you in a great negotiating position, so ask for a discount on your rent, better lease terms, or complimentary amenities like parking.</p> <p>While you negotiate the terms of your new lease, keep this in mind: Many cities and towns put limits on how much a landlord can increase your rent at one time. And given that rental prices are rapidly increasing in many big cities, the new rent your current landlord is proposing may very well be lower than what you'd pay somewhere new.</p> <h3>A bird in the hand</h3> <p>If you have a good rapport with your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/good-landlord-renter-relationship-205908/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">landlord,</a> like your neighbors, and are generally satisfied with the amenities your community offers, it may not be worth rolling the dice on somewhere new.</p> <p>"Going into a new community, you don't always get the personal connection you're used to," says Kristen Gucwa, executive vice president of marketing at <a href="https://www.richmansignature.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Richman Signature Properties</a>, a property management group with apartment communities in Colorado, Florida, and Texas. "If you already have a connection with the front desk worker or the maintenance supervisor who always comes right over to help you, there's a huge benefit there."</p> <p>Miller agrees. "If you like your landlord now, there's absolutely no guarantee you're going to like the new one. You're giving up something you know for a complete unknown."</p> <p>If your lease end date is approaching, take some time to crunch the numbers and consider the less tangible pros and cons. You just might find that staying put is the right choice - nobody likes to move, anyway.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/the-case-for-renting-168796/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Case for Renting: Homeownership Isn&#8217;t for Everyone</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/where-renting-pays-rent-or-own-216849/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Where Renting Pays: In These Markets, Owning Takes a While to Pencil Out</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/renters-before-you-move-215860/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Renters: 5 Must-Do Tasks to Handle Before You Move</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=u4udORTHVms:1L90hKLqxn4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=u4udORTHVms:1L90hKLqxn4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/renewing-your-lease-217414/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/renewing-your-lease-217414/ 2017-06-19 19:46 +00:00 2017-06-20 07:46 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/on2tentkgbqweolcgq2wmmdmga2to3bq/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/uk-weather-10-ways-keep-home-cool-heatwave/ topics:things/windows topics:things/uk-weather topics:things/heatwave topics:organisations/met-office topics:things/sun structure:money topics:things/weather topics:things/health structure:property UK weather: 10 ways to keep your home cool in the heatwave Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:44:10 Z 2017-06-19 15:44 +00:00 2017-06-20 03:44 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gvvw6n3doe3tk5dmgjxw2y3jnjwtk43e/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/sprawling-ranch-owned-apples-third-employee-former-ceo-market/ storytype:standard topics:things/big-little-lies topics:things/property-abroad topics:people/steve-jobs topics:organisations/apple structure:money structure:property A sprawling ranch owned by Apple's third employee and former CEO is on the market Mon, 19 Jun 2017 05:00:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-06-19 05:00 +00:00 2017-06-19 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gb2gq23fnrqtcytqgn3g6yrwojvxayth/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/spring-selling-season-stalls-asking-prices-fall-first-time-year/ topics:organisations/rightmove storytype:standard structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market structure:property Spring selling season stalls as asking prices fall for first time this year Sun, 18 Jun 2017 23:02:34 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-06-18 23:02 +00:00 2017-06-19 11:02 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mztgwmdsmi2dg5tmnfxww4zrozstozdm/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/planning-permissions-new-homes-granted-wrong-areas-says-new/ storytype:standard topics:things/new-home topics:things/planning topics:organisations/savills structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:places/london structure:property Planning permissions for new homes are being granted in the wrong areas, says new report Sun, 18 Jun 2017 21:14:35 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-06-18 21:14 +00:00 2017-06-19 09:14 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nrugwobzne3to3brmrrxmmlmgnvdqztu/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/dad-pads-perfect-property-every-type-father/ structure:men/fatherhood topics:events/fathers-day structure:men topics:things/family topics:things/wine structure:money topics:things/chess structure:property topics:things/fitness Dad pads: the perfect property for every type of father Sun, 18 Jun 2017 06:00:00 Z 2017-06-18 06:00 +00:00 2017-06-18 18:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/oq2ww23cgi2do4lwmnzhm2dpneztc4zx/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/living-austenland-can-buy-home-jane-lived-wrote/ topics:organisations/barratt-homes storytype:standard topics:places/hampshire topics:things/west-country topics:places/winchester topics:places/bath topics:organisations/bovis-homes structure:money topics:things/buy-to-let topics:organisations/crest-nicholson topics:people/jane-austen structure:property Living in Austenland: where you can buy a home that Jane lived and wrote in Sat, 17 Jun 2017 05:00:00 Z Liz Rowlinson 2017-06-17 05:00 +00:00 2017-06-17 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=216868 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/-_QlLnvxlRM/ Editors' Picks Home Improvement decorating Buying Art Like a Grownup (for Investment or Inspiration) It's time to ditch that Impressionist poster you've had since college. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:30:28 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/buy-grown-up-art-216868/#respond Jill Krasny <p>Bare, white walls are usually the reality when you first move into a new home. But if you want to show off your personality, there's no better way to do it than with original art. A one-of-a-kind piece transforms a space, makes you feel more at home, and expresses your personal interests.</p> <p>Diving into the art world can feel intimidating, but it doesn&#8217;t have to be. To help you get started, here are six tips for purchasing art you'll want to grow old with.</p> <h3>Work within your budget</h3> <p>To find pieces you like without breaking your budget, visit flea or craft markets, where affordable options are plentiful. While you&#8217;re there, keep an eye out for posters that aren't limited edition but are still interestingly designed.</p> <figure id="attachment_217492" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-217492 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_298818974-ce6984.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="532" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from ShutterStock</figcaption></figure> <p>"It's important to think broadly about what art means," says Bettina Huang, head of consignment at <a href="https://www.artsy.net/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Artsy</a>. "Combine <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/versatile-houseplants-193149/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">plants</a> with some of the flat, light objects you may have collected in your travels, and mix those in with posters or things typically thought of as art."</p> <p>Another option: Hang framed versions of your own drawings, doodles, or sketches to give your walls customized style. "If you frame them and hang them like a salon wall, that's a budget-friendly solution that feels personal," says Huang.</p> <h3>Know your goals</h3> <p>"It's important to have an honest conversation with yourself," says Huang. "Do you want to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tag/decorating/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">decorate</a> your entire home? Do you need to fill a certain space? Or are you looking for bigger statement pieces for a salon wall? If you&#8217;re interested in art investing, do you want to buy works by emerging artists in the hopes they'll dramatically increase in value?" These answers will help determine your spending.</p> <figure id="attachment_217490" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/96-Schermerhorn-St-APT-10G-Brooklyn-NY-11201/2132912877_zpid" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-217490" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/art-gallery-f5126e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="536" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="&quot;https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/96-Schermerhorn-St-APT-10G-Brooklyn-NY-11201/2132912877_zpid/">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p>For example, if you have $1,000 and want to invest, you can probably only afford to purchase one piece. If you're looking to decorate, Huang suggests buying several less-expensive works. The kind of art you select and your budget will dictate your options.</p> <h3>Hit the art circuit</h3> <p>"Art fairs can be really great, because you get to talk to gallery owners in person," says Huang, noting that this helps you sharpen your tastes and investing instincts. "Practice gives you more confidence and a reference point, so you can compare pricing and really start to understand the kinds of works that are available."</p> <p>Art school exhibitions are another great way to meet emerging artists whose careers you may want to follow.</p> <p>If you&#8217;re looking for more established artists, works on paper, including drawings, prints and editions, or multiple copies of a given work, are an affordable way to begin your art collection.</p> <figure id="attachment_217493" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full wp-image-217493" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_156445667-6a3360.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from ShutterStock</figcaption></figure> <p>"It's nice to go that route, because it means other pieces from that artist have likely been sold, so there's a precedent for the price you've been asked to pay," says Huang.</p> <h3>Consider auctions</h3> <p>Whether you have $1,000 or $10,000 to spend, auctions, which are open to the public, give you a sense of what's out there and expand your artistic horizons. "Research in advance to see what similar works have sold for," says Huang, because the price a work sells for is closer to its actual market value. "There's something reassuring about that level of transparency."</p> <p>As an aside, more auctions are being held partially or totally online, and sites such as Artsy play a big part in this. "A lot of times, online auctions are used to sell works that are somewhat more affordable," notes Huang.</p> <h3>Do your homework</h3> <p>When buying secondary-market or previously owned work, Huang strongly suggests doing your research. Investigate the prices of comparable works, keeping factors like medium, size, rarity, and date in mind. "As much as possible, ask for a condition report, so you know if the work is pristine or if it&#8217;s been damaged." The price will reflect this, too.</p> <p>For high-end works by notable artists, check for a certificate of authenticity, and ask about the work's provenance or history of ownership. With more transactions being done online, it's particularly important to ask for the condition reports if you can&#8217;t view a work in advance.</p> <h3>Sell it if you outgrow it</h3> <p>"No matter what your budget is, your art collection should reflect your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/design/whats-your-home-design-style/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">personality and interests</a>, which will evolve over time," says Huang. That means that buying goes hand-in-hand with selling when works no longer feel like they make sense for you.</p> <p>When you sell, work with reputable establishments, and budget for (and ideally minimize) the commission and fees you pay for an auction house or gallery to take your work on consignment. "Services like Artsy get you proposals from networks of vetted partners, which makes the process easier, faster, and more transparent," says Huang.</p> <p><em>See <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/gallery-wall/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">inspiration for your art collection</a> on Zillow Digs.</em></p> <h6><em>Top photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/craftsman-living-rooms-5769939502/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Lukas Machnik</a></em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/decorating-with-jewel-tones-212105/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Get Rich Quick: Decorating With Jewel Tones</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/firehouse-home-plus-art-studio-209616/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">House of the Week: A Firehouse Turned Home Plus Art Studio</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/color-quiz-design-instincts-215363/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> Color Quiz: Test Your Design Instincts</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=-_QlLnvxlRM:T5mbckzeups:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=-_QlLnvxlRM:T5mbckzeups:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/buy-grown-up-art-216868/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/buy-grown-up-art-216868/ 2017-06-16 19:30 +00:00 2017-06-17 07:30 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=217441 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/AMedh_D0q1c/ Editors' Picks Unique Homes tv homes victorian 'House of Cards' Power Mansion Hits the Market at $500K The 4,600-square-foot Victorian featured in the popular Netflix series will soon be up for auction. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:21:07 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/house-cards-power-mansion-217441/#respond Lindsay Cohen <p>Dream of living the lavish life of a Washington, D.C. political power broker?</p> <p>That dream is now within arm&#8217;s reach: The <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1609-Park-Ave-Baltimore-MD-21217/36486234_zpid/">Washington, D.C. h</a><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1609-Park-Ave-Baltimore-MD-21217/36486234_zpid/">ouse</a> best known as Frank and Claire Underwood's home in the hit Netflix series &#8220;House of Cards&#8221; is scheduled for public auction.</p> <p>The regal brick Victorian is fully restored and features five fireplaces, 12-foot ceilings, and a dining room with a butler's pantry, according to the listing. There's also a rear patio with a grill and a detached two-car garage – perfect for visiting heads of state who might need a spot for drivers to idle during important state dinners.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="532" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Block-Cooper-1609-Park-Ave-10-f48c42.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="532" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Block-Cooper-1609-Park-Ave-17-6c1c0e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="532" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Block-Cooper-1609-Park-Ave-25-9b7423.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="532" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Block-Cooper-1609-Park-Ave-27-33e41b.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="532" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Block-Cooper-1609-Park-Ave-29-088ba5.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="532" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Block-Cooper-1609-Park-Ave-8-186471.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="532" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Block-Cooper-1609-Park-Ave-41-461319.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="532" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Block-Cooper-1609-Park-Ave-47-a145e5.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="532" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Block-Cooper-1609-Park-Ave-43-7c426f.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="532" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Block-Cooper-1609-Park-Ave-20-7ccdb1.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="532" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Block-Cooper-1609-Park-Ave-23-f89806.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="532" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Block-Cooper-1609-Park-Ave-2-a1ffc5.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <h6><em>Photos courtesy Jared Block</em></h6> <p>The home&#8217;s exterior was featured prominently throughout &#8220;House of Cards&#8221; as the Underwood residence during the first four seasons of the show. Avid fans of the show know the Underwoods have since found a new D.C. clubhouse for their conspiring: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1600-Pennsylvania-Ave-NW-Washington-DC-20006/84074482_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">1600 Pennsylvania Ave</a>.</p> <p>The 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom house is scheduled for auction next month, with starting bids at $500,000 (only 20 percent more than the $400,000 annual salary of the real-life President of the United States). It comes with a security system with cameras and a DVR – you know, in case you enlist someone to <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/house-of-cards-most-shocking-moments/4/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">throw a brick through your window</a>.</p> <p>Jared Block of Alex Cooper is <a href="https://realestate.alexcooper.com/auction-property/1-CGCG0/opening-bid-500-000-grand-19th-c-victorian-home-award-winning-remodel-and-house-of-cards-location-w-original-detail-throughout-in-the-heart-of-bolton-hill" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">the auction agent on the listing</a>.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-id-movie-tv-home-211027/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Quiz: Name These Movie and TV Homes</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/caribbean-dream-home-216779/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5 Reasons We Love This Caribbean Villa</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/shipping-container-on-the-beach-216485/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">House of the Week: Tiny Shipping Container, Big Style</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=AMedh_D0q1c:qZ0Rr7jfCc8:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=AMedh_D0q1c:qZ0Rr7jfCc8:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/house-cards-power-mansion-217441/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/house-cards-power-mansion-217441/ 2017-06-16 15:21 +00:00 2017-06-17 03:21 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=217165 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/dhGf946QxtY/ Editors' Picks Home Improvement decorating Designer Lookbook Designer Lookbook: Rebecca Van't Hull's Colorful Weekend Retreat Bold pops of color and preppy accents enliven this spacious lakefront gem. Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:17:52 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/rebecca-vant-hull-weekend-retreat-217165/#respond Jill Krasny <p>A room with a view is always inviting, but you can't overlook its interior. That's what one family learned after rebuilding a weekend getaway on the West Arm Bay of Minnesota&#8217;s Lake Minnetonka. They felt the new property lacked character, so they brought in designer Rebecca Van't Hull of <a href="http://oharainteriors.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Martha O&#8217;Hara Interiors</a>. Her solution: more color - and lots of it.</p> <p>Situated in Shorewood Lane, about 45 minutes west of Minneapolis, the weekend home struck Van't Hull as a place where the owners could push design boundaries. The property's sizable layout and stunning lakeside views also made it ideal for entertaining.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-217176" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/living-8d5728.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>"In addition to a gorgeous master suite, the home features three bedrooms upstairs, with twin-over-full bunk beds in each, allowing up to 11 people to sleep on the top floor," says Van't Hull. "The lower level features 10 bunk beds and two trundle beds. The entire house can sleep 23 people easily."</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-217191" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/yellow.bed_-092492.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="900" /></p> <h3>Bright ideas</h3> <p>Once the family agreed on a casual and coastal look - "Minnesota lake life is all about a casual and playful environment," says Van't Hull - the designer went full throttle on color.</p> <p>She chose Benjamin Moore's <a href="https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/color-overview/find-your-color/color/566/bunker-hill-green?color=566" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Bunker Hill Green</a>, a muted take on the traditionally bright Kelly green, for the sleek kitchen cabinets. "It's a natural choice, especially since the kitchen wasn't the family's everyday kitchen," says the designer.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-217183 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/galley-b25549.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="900" /></p> <p>Planning the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/kitchen-remodeling-budget-216409/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">kitchen</a> was easy, but maximizing the sleeping quarters and creating a user-friendly space that could accommodate several children at once proved to be more of a challenge. After gathering inspirational images, Van't Hull to her problem to her brother, a custom cabinet- and furniture-maker based in New Orleans.</p> <p>"We worked together to finalize the design for the space, which includes a cubby inside each bed for a light fixture and room to set down a glass of water or plug in a phone," she says. The result is one of the most inviting - and incredibly stylish - bunk beds we've ever seen.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-217170" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bunk.tight_-08129e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-217181" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bunkbed.tight_-cf2286.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="900" /></p> <p>Van't Hull went similarly bold in the bathrooms, installing a trough-style sink from Kohler in one of the larger spaces, which she expects will get plenty of use in the summertime.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-217182" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/downbath-4359c0.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="900" /></p> <p>She fashioned the upstairs powder room in a "preppy Americana look," with a lipstick-red cabinet and white-and-navy striped wallpaper. With its classic white marble countertop, the cabinet feels unexpected, yet it somehow ties it all together.</p> <p>"Often good design employs an eclectic mix of things both modern and old," Van't Hull notes. In the end, she says it's all about balance.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-217188" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/redbath.tight_-4d1e32.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="900" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-217185" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/main.powder-81b2d9.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="900" /></p> <p><em>Take the full home tour:</em></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/living-8d5728.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/kitch.island-ace274.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/kitchen.angle_-3cb3e2.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/master.bed_.-261ab7.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bed.vignette-06d41e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/master.bath_-bc9fd2.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bunk.over_-ec7688.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bunk.tight_-08129e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bunks.otherview-fd7dd4.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/red.bed_-7c799a.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <h3>Get the look at home</h3> <p>Van't Hull shares her tips to get an eye-catching look in your own home.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Be bold.</strong> That is, if you have the guts to follow through with your vision. "This will keep your home from looking mundane or typical," the designer says, and in the end, it will be what stands out most. Van&#8217;t Hull says one of the touches she&#8217;s most proud of is adding several vibrant rugs throughout the home.</li> <li><strong>Get inspired.</strong> "Look for inspirational images to either emulate or share with your designer," says Van't Hull. It'll help you define your vision and better explain your goals.</li> <li><strong>Have fun.</strong> "Acquire things that make you happy and tell a piece of your story," says Van't Hull. The <a href="https://www.fayandbellerugs.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Fay + Belle</a> rug was rescued, bleached, cleaned, then overdyed in an eye-catching turquoise color. Now, the authentic accessory has a new lease on life, far from its origins in Nepal and Turkey.</li> </ul> <p><em>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">home design inspiration</a> on Zillow Digs.</em></p> <h6><em>Photos by <a href="http://www.troythiesphoto.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Troy Thies Photography</a></em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/designer-lookbook-susan-jamieson-216777/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Designer Lookbook: Susan Jamieson&#8217;s Coastal Getaway</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/decorating-vacation-home-198888/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Decorating Your Vacation Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/island-dream-homes-216781/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">8 Dream Homes Serving Up a Slice of Island Life</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=dhGf946QxtY:a0AvpdVhUPE:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=dhGf946QxtY:a0AvpdVhUPE:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/rebecca-vant-hull-weekend-retreat-217165/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/rebecca-vant-hull-weekend-retreat-217165/ 2017-06-15 18:17 +00:00 2017-06-16 06:17 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=217225 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/q1e6wKudhwA/ Editors' Picks Unique Homes house of the week House of the Week: The World's Tallest Single-Family Home At 124 feet in the air, this architectural marvel offers unparalleled views. Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:46:23 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/tallest-single-family-home-217225/#respond Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sukumar Pal knew he was pushing the envelope. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Phoenix architect set out to build the tallest single-family home in the world. After visiting more than 200 potential sites, he chose the Arizona desert as his canvas. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the process, he created what he dubbed "Falcon's Nest," a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2365-Skyline-Dr-Prescott-AZ-86303/8744604_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">6,200-square-foot home roughly 124 feet in the air</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&#8220;I had been thinking about this thing since I was a child,&#8221; Pal says. &#8220;I wanted to build something that is not only a building, but also has very good meaning behind it. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">You get a better view, a better atmosphere.&#8221;</span></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="520" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/003_Front-5858fe.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="572" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/007_Front-ff8f37.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/010_Living-Room-e9e728.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/012_Living-Room-226af8.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/019_Kitchen-9c84f7.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/015_Kitchen-d533c4.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/025_Bedroom-2-55de39.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/026_Bedroom-2-Bathroom-20db7f.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/039_Level-7-Deck-941a70.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/040_Level-7-Deck-7cf872.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="507" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/045_Front-1bb424.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/004_Front-8c873b.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="535" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/002_Front-a935c6.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/044_Front-eaed5e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <h6><em>Photos courtesy of <a href="http://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/associate/180-a-813-4011567/frank-aazami" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Frank Aazami</a></em></h6> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Set against the backdrop of the Prescott National Forest, the 12-story home has 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and several atriums and viewpoints. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">There's an elevator to bring guests up to the main floor, along with a staircase leading to a tower that rises above the living space, offering 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape and the area&#8217;s warm pink sunsets.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pal designed the home like a plus sign, with rooms that jut out east/west and north/south, says real estate agent Frank Aazami. Bedrooms have glass ceilings and extensive windows to maximize natural light, along with views of mountains like the San Francisco Peaks, more than 100 miles away.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another of the home&#8217;s notable qualities: It uses the natural flow of hot and cold air to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It has no central heating or air conditioning, making the home more environmentally friendly, Pal notes.</span></p> <p>&#8220;<span style="font-weight: 400;">It can collect the cool air at night and keep [the house] cool throughout the day,&#8221; says Pal, who is originally from India and grew up without air conditioning. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pal moved out last year after his wife passed away, but he's hoping to find someone who will love the home as much as he does. The unique property is currently listed at $1.45 million. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"My favorite part is the very top,&#8221; adds Aazami. &#8220;There's an outdoor space, so when you go to the very top there's a roof deck - it's outdoors - where you have the views and the breeze. It's beautiful up there."</span></p> <p><em>Frank Aazami of Sotheby&#8217;s International Realty <a href="http://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/180-l-813-xfy6pj/falcon-nest-is-the-world-s-tallest-single-family-house-in-prescott-prescott-az-86303" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">holds the listing</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/vashon-greenhouse-216863/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">House of the Week: A 120-Year Old Gem With a Greenhouse</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/caribbean-dream-home-216779/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5 Reasons We Love This Caribbean Villa</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/shipping-container-on-the-beach-216485/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">House of the Week: Tiny Shipping Container, Big Style</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=q1e6wKudhwA:eeqTjqCMdNQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=q1e6wKudhwA:eeqTjqCMdNQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/tallest-single-family-home-217225/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/tallest-single-family-home-217225/ 2017-06-15 17:46 +00:00 2017-06-16 05:46 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nzytc23lgz3hk2jugjxhkzbugi2dom3e/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/almost-no-evidence-london-homes-owned-foreign-buyers-left-empty/ topics:people/sadiq-khan topics:things/london-property topics:things/mortgages storytype:standard topics:places/sale topics:in-the-news/housing-crisis structure:money topics:things/first-time-buyers topics:things/buy-to-let topics:places/london structure:property 'Almost no evidence' of London homes owned by foreign buyers being left empty Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:55:41 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-06-14 13:55 +00:00 2017-06-15 01:55 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=217390 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/i7Dw8MgT3WE/ Editors' Picks Home Improvement bars decorating entertaining Quiz: What Type of Bar Should You Build in Your Home? Will it be rustic, swanky, or slickly modern? Perhaps a straw-thatched tiki bar, or a replica English pub? Or maybe a cozy spot just for two?  Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:00:56 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-home-bar-type-217390/#respond Cat Overman Note: There is a widget embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's widget. <h6><em>Top image courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/traditional-bars-7749077053/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Martha O&#8217;Hara Interiors</a></em></h6> <h6><em>Quiz images from ShutterStock, except: opening image (from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/27040-Old-Trace-Ln-Los-Altos-Hills-CA-94022/19527446_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>); backyard images - beach from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/27380-Hickory-Blvd-Bonita-Springs-FL-34134/45534480_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>, putting green from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1117-W-Tuckey-Ln-Phoenix-AZ-85013/7774749_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a> , outdoor kitchen from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/23825-NE-61st-St-Redmond-WA-98053/54829324_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>, woods from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/21810-NE-137th-St-Woodinville-WA-98077/48916793_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>; extra room images - billards room from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/70-Highland-Ave-Excelsior-MN-55331/1953602_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>, gym from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/186-Shore-Rd-Old-Greenwich-CT-06870/57314612_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>, theater from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6715-E-Rovey-Ave-Paradise-Valley-AZ-85253/92351768_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>, library courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/traditional-libraries-5284591509/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Archia Homes</a>; pool images - hot tub from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2-Pauls-Ln-Water-Mill-NY-11976/2105650124_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>, grotto courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/rustic-swimming-pools-5385525451/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">All Oregon Landscaping</a>, infinity edge from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/32357-Phantom-Dr-Rancho-Palos-Verdes-CA-90275/21354554_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>, indoor from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4504-Cresthaven-Dr-Colleyville-TX-76034/29225975_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-a-bar-in-your-home-215862/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Belly Up to Your Own Home Bar: Our How-to Guide</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/styling-bar-carts-4-looks-172182/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Styling Bar Carts: 4 Irresistible Looks</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/living-rooms/home-bar-every-budget/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">A Home Bar for Every Budget</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=i7Dw8MgT3WE:NGtyJXMBmHY:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=i7Dw8MgT3WE:NGtyJXMBmHY:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-home-bar-type-217390/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-home-bar-type-217390/ 2017-06-14 13:00 +00:00 2017-06-15 01:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=217197 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/kBzk-osIEn4/ Editors' Picks Unique Homes castles 7 Real-Life Castles Fit for Royal Residents Tell your palace guards and court jester to start packing. Any of these for-sale homes could be yours. Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:00:25 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/7-real-life-castles-217197/#respond Alycia Lucio <p>Go ahead, set down your scepter and kick off your glass slippers. These castle-style dwellings fit for royalty will have you feeling right at home.</p> <p>Enchanting motifs, Juliet balconies and medieval architecture embellish these <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/castle-outside-nyc-216402/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">spellbinding castles</a>. From hidden-away wine cellars to private golf courses, these fairy tale homes have just about anything you could possibly dream of wanting.</p> <p>Roam the long corridors, or stow away in the top of the tower. Each carefully constructed home is accented by historical charm and modern luxuries.</p> <h3>Elkhart, IN</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1449-Greenleaf-Blvd-Elkhart-IN-46514/50614658_zpid/?fullpage=true" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">1449 Greenleaf Blvd, Elkhart, IN</a><br /> For sale: $695,000</p> <figure id="attachment_217200" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1449-Greenleaf-Blvd-Elkhart-IN-46514/50614658_zpid/?fullpage=true" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-217200 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Elkhart-IN-1-4351aa.png" alt="" width="800" height="532" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1449-Greenleaf-Blvd-Elkhart-IN-46514/50614658_zpid/?fullpage=true" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>This French-style chateau located along the upper St. Joseph River was built in 1938. Japanese gardens flank the grounds, and the newly renovated kitchen features an adjacent wine grotto. The 5-bedroom, 6-bath castle includes original hardwood floors and a large salon for entertaining.</p> <p>Explore more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/elkhart-in/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Elkhart</a> listings.</p> <h3>Galloway, OH</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/430-Trillium-Dr-Galloway-OH-43119/75093080_zpid/?fullpage=true" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">430 Trillium Dr, Galloway, OH</a><br /> For sale: $1.05 million</p> <figure id="attachment_217203" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/430-Trillium-Dr-Galloway-OH-43119/75093080_zpid/?fullpage=true" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-217203 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Galloway-OH-34d390.png" alt="" width="800" height="529" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/430-Trillium-Dr-Galloway-OH-43119/75093080_zpid/?fullpage=true" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Set among wooded acres and wetlands, 4-bedroom, 4-bath private estate welcomes you with stone archways and mosaic tile floors. Exposed rustic wood beams and oversized windows provide a sense of warmth. At the heart of the home is a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops.</p> <p>Find more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/galloway-oh/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Galloway</a>.</p> <h3>Albany, NY</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10-Thurlow-Ter-Albany-NY-12203/2133943775_zpid/?fullpage=true" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">10 Thurlow Ter, Albany, NY</a><br /> For sale: $799,000</p> <figure id="attachment_217208" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10-Thurlow-Ter-Albany-NY-12203/2133943775_zpid/?fullpage=true" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-217208 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Albany-NY-21155c.png" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10-Thurlow-Ter-Albany-NY-12203/2133943775_zpid/?fullpage=true" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>This late-19<sup>th</sup>-century home features three levels entirely constructed of stone. Beautiful woodwork frames the interior, from coffered ceilings to a finely detailed main stairway. Carved mantelpieces and mosaic fireplaces grace almost every communal area of this 11-bedroom, 3-bath classical home.</p> <p>Discover more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/albany-ny/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Albany</a> listings.</p> <h3>Denver, CO</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/45-Ash-St-Denver-CO-80220/13395599_zpid/?fullpage=true" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">45 Ash St, Denver, CO</a><br /> For sale: $1.875 million</p> <figure id="attachment_217199" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/45-Ash-St-Denver-CO-80220/13395599_zpid/?fullpage=true" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-217199 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Denver-CO-924b38.png" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/45-Ash-St-Denver-CO-80220/13395599_zpid/?fullpage=true" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>With a cobblestone drawbridge and two spiral staircases throughout each level, this 4-bedroom, 5-bath residence is truly castle-esque. The home incorporates two walk-in closets in the master bedroom as well as separate dual bathrooms. There's even a built-in espresso machine.</p> <p>Locate more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/denver-co/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Denver</a>.</p> <h3>Bethesda, MD</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5415-Mohican-Rd-Bethesda-MD-20816/37172278_zpid/?fullpage=true" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5415 Mohican Rd, Bethesda, MD</a><br /> For sale: $3.895 million</p> <figure id="attachment_217209" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5415-Mohican-Rd-Bethesda-MD-20816/37172278_zpid/?fullpage=true" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-217209 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Bethesda-MD-bff0b5.png" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5415-Mohican-Rd-Bethesda-MD-20816/37172278_zpid/?fullpage=true" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>A completely renovated 19<sup>th</sup>-century classic, this 9,000-square-foot masterpiece features glass-enclosed porches overlooking the Potomac River. Antique light fixtures and stonework preserve the home's beauty, while modern appliances deliver modern convenience.</p> <p>See more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/bethesda-md/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Bethesda</a>.</p> <h3>Hollywood, SC</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5204-Oak-Cove-Ln-Hollywood-SC-29449/10860064_zpid/?fullpage=true" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5204 Oak Cove Ln, Hollywood, SC</a><br /> For sale: $899,999</p> <figure id="attachment_217204" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5204-Oak-Cove-Ln-Hollywood-SC-29449/10860064_zpid/?fullpage=true" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-217204 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hollywood-SC-682a55.png" alt="" width="800" height="485" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5204-Oak-Cove-Ln-Hollywood-SC-29449/10860064_zpid/?fullpage=true" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>This stately home includes access to a private golf course and equestrian center - perfect for your noble steed. The 4-bedroom, 4-bath features three fireplaces: one each in the dining room, living room and master bedroom (which can be accessed from a woodworked elevator). For complete relaxation, the master bath centers around a raised spa tub.</p> <p>Search for more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/hollywood-sc/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Hollywood</a> homes for sale.</p> <h3>Southlake, TX</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3716-N-White-Chapel-Blvd-Southlake-TX-76092/79918269_zpid/?fullpage=true" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">3716 N White Chapel Blvd, Southlake, TX</a><br /> For sale: $3.95 million</p> <figure id="attachment_217206" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3716-N-White-Chapel-Blvd-Southlake-TX-76092/79918269_zpid/?fullpage=true" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-217206 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Southlake-TX-2-2aa86f.png" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3716-N-White-Chapel-Blvd-Southlake-TX-76092/79918269_zpid/?fullpage=true" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>This nearly 20,000-square-foot castle comes with enough storage for at least 12 vehicles. Outside is a private lagoon-style pool with rock waterfall, spa and covered patio. If that's not enough to make you feel like royalty, there's also a theater, game room and multiple libraries.</p> <p>Find more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/southlake-tx/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Southlake</a>.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/castle-outside-nyc-216402/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">I Spent Two Days in a Castle Just Outside NYC</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/caribbean-dream-home-216779/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5 Reasons We Crave This Caribbean Villa</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/designer-lookbook-susan-jamieson-216777/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Designer Lookbook: Susan Jamieson&#8217;s Coastal Getaway</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=kBzk-osIEn4:1uGyLbzcOoM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=kBzk-osIEn4:1uGyLbzcOoM:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/7-real-life-castles-217197/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/7-real-life-castles-217197/ 2017-06-14 13:00 +00:00 2017-06-15 01:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/hfxgwnzqn5vwqolumm4tqnrwgjzg6n3w/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/hottest-homes-edinburgh-uks-in-demand-property-market/ topics:things/buying-property topics:things/uk-property structure:money topics:things/house-prices structure:property The hottest homes in Edinburgh, the UK's most in-demand property market Wed, 14 Jun 2017 05:00:00 Z 2017-06-14 05:00 +00:00 2017-06-14 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/n5wdaztmgq3go5lhoruhc3lqnrutszrz/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/renting/fancy-living-shipping-container-floating-sea-worlds-quirkiest/ topics:organisations/student-accommodation topics:places/sweden topics:organisations/university-of-cambridge topics:places/denmark-europe topics:things/students structure:money structure:property Fancy living in a shipping container floating on the sea? The world's quirkiest student properties Tue, 13 Jun 2017 21:41:42 Z 2017-06-13 21:41 +00:00 2017-06-14 09:41 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=215862 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/ELfL4TJNSX4/ Home Improvement decorating entertaining Belly Up to Your Own Home Bar: Our How-to Guide A guy walks into a bar ... and he's still in his own home. You could be that guy (or gal)! And it's easier than you might think. Tue, 13 Jun 2017 19:32:15 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-a-bar-in-your-home-215862/#respond Marissa Hermanson <p>A home bar can up your entertaining game and transform your social life, making your abode the coolest one on the block. Of course, a home bar can also be where you mix yourself a nice drink after a long day at work.</p> <p>From a small wet bar tucked into a nook to an oversized freestanding bar, there are plenty of options for creating a watering hole in your home. Here&#8217;s how to get started.</p> <h3>Consider the placement</h3> <p>First, consider your floor plan. Determine if you have the space, and consider the rooms you <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-features-great-entertaining-207518/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">entertain</a> in. Do friends and family congregate in the living room? Or are the kitchen and dining room the social hubs?</p> <p>If you want to install an ice maker or sink in your wet bar, you want to build it where there&#8217;s existing plumbing - perhaps on the backside of your kitchen or near a powder room.</p> <p>"I say skip the sink, because it limits your counter space and makes the project more expensive," says Richmond, VA, interior decorator Lesley Glotzl. She notes that not many homeowners use wet-bar sinks for washing hands and glassware, and the space can be put to better use.</p> <p>Glotzl, who has rehabbed several clients&#8217; wet bars, suggests maximizing your counter space, and in lieu of a sink, use plumbing for an ice maker. If you are a cocktail connoisseur, an ice maker will be more useful than a sink.</p> <p>"What&#8217;s fun about a home bar is you can do it very affordably," says Glotzl. She recommends building a wet bar when doing a kitchen or bath renovation, because it&#8217;s more cost-effective and an easy project to tack on when you already have someone designing cabinets and countertops.</p> <figure id="attachment_215946" style="width: 801px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1548-Iris-Ct-San-Jose-CA-95125/19681483_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-215946" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bar6-eb9560.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1548-Iris-Ct-San-Jose-CA-95125/19681483_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Fine-tune the details</h3> <p>A wet bar can be as simple as a piece of cabinetry with a countertop, upper cabinets, or shelves. If you want to get fancy, add appliances like an ice maker and refrigerator.</p> <p>Cabinetry below hides plumbing and tucks away bar tools, while open shelving above the bar is a fun option for showing off fancy cocktail glasses and a collection of spirits.</p> <p>Glotzl notes that a mirrored backsplash is worth considering, because it makes a wet-bar nook seem larger, while reflecting light back into the room. Glotzl recommends textured vinyl wallpapers by companies like <a href="http://www.osborneandlittle.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Osborne &amp; Little</a> or <a href="http://www.thibautdesign.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Thibaut</a> as another fun backsplash option. "The wallpapers are durable, and give the bar a little pop," she says.</p> <p>Don't be afraid to get adventurous and creative. Add drama by painting cabinetry a bright color, or add a high-gloss lacquer finish. You can make a bold statement in a small space.</p> <p>Hang a funky pendant light or mount two sconces to showcase your small saloon. Glotzl notes that lighting is essential, because it helps to highlight and frame the space.</p> <figure id="attachment_215940" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/traditional-bars-7749077053/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-215940" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bar1-59c0f6.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/traditional-bars-7749077053/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Martha O&#8217;Hara Interiors</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Get fancy</h3> <p>If you&#8217;re looking to up your game, you can add specialty appliances like dual-zone refrigerators. "What's nice about ice makers, wine coolers, and beverage refrigerators is that they are a standard size," says Glotzl. "You can just pop it into place like a cabinet." So, no need to worry about installation -  just move it into place and plug it in.</p> <p>For a small-scale wet bar, go straight to a kitchen design company, or coordinate it yourself by hiring a handyperson, electrician, and plumber.</p> <p>On the other hand, if you want to go big and turn an entire room into a bar, or create a custom wet bar with unique appliances and restaurant-grade equipment like beer and wine taps, that's another story. For a high-end bar with modern accouterments, you'll need to call on a company like <a href="http://www.wallaceandhinz.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Wallace &amp; Hinz</a>, which specializes in custom bars for restaurants, clubs, and residences.</p> <figure id="attachment_215941" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/community/glastonbury-estates/2102857924_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-215941" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bar2-d4f750.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="541" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/community/glastonbury-estates/2102857924_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p>"When you really look at the home bar, it&#8217;s much more difficult to create than a commercial bar, because it's usually for a smaller space, and you want as much as you can get packed into that little space," says Tom Tellez, CEO at Wallace &amp; Hinz. "They can be far more complicated, and there&#8217;s room for error."</p> <p>For homeowners who request high-end dishwashers, refrigerators, and ice machines that all need to be tucked under the bar, Tellez recommends appliances from <a href="https://www.perlick.com/residential/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Perlick Corporation</a>, because they specialize in beverage equipment like wine reserves, dual-zone refrigerators, and beer dispensers.</p> <p>If space is tight, Tellez says the company sometimes sources tiny appliances that are traditionally used on yachts or in motorhomes. Companies like <a href="https://www.furrion.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Furrion</a> or <a href="http://www.westlandsales.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Westland</a> manufacture pint-sized appliances that will save your bar some inches.</p> <p>"There's the architectural side of what it looks like and feels like, then there&#8217;s how you&#8217;re going to fit everything in so that it's seamless and operates efficiently with all your plumbing and electricity," says Tellez.</p> <p>Along with the functional aspect of bars, Tellez's company designs the look of them, too, taking into account millwork and details like shelving and foot rails.</p> <figure id="attachment_215944" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/91-Selby-Ln-Atherton-CA-94027/15577992_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-215944" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bar5-fa3a5d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/91-Selby-Ln-Atherton-CA-94027/15577992_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Get inspired</h3> <p>Rick Magnuson called on Wallace &amp; Hinz to transform the front parlor of his Los Altos, CA, home into a bar. After living in the 1920s farmhouse for three decades and only using the parlor a handful of times, he and his wife, Amy, decided the room was wasted space. The couple wanted a place where they could spend time with friends and family, and Amy had a lightbulb moment to add a bar in their home. "We didn&#8217;t want to put a bar in the room; we wanted to make the room a bar," Magnuson notes.</p> <p>The Magnusons got in touch with Tellez and requested a custom mahogany bar with carved details, shelves to display glassware and bottles, a handful of barstools, a mirrored backsplash, LED lights, a dishwasher, refrigerator, ice maker, and two beer taps that are now kegged with Sierra Nevada and Trumer Pilsner. They wanted their entire 16-by-20-foot front room to be transformed into a pub.</p> <p>Tellez took detailed measurements of the room and discussed its layout with the Magnusons. A CAD drawing was created, and after several back-and-forths, the Magnusons finalized the design. Tellez took two to three months to build the entire room and bar in his Blue Lake, CA, workshop, then disassembled it and drove it to the Magnusons&#8217; home, where he installed the bar, which took around a week of 10- to 12-hour shifts.</p> <p>Before the bar installation, Magnuson had the parlor drywall demolished, so Tellez could install not just the bar, but custom millwork throughout the room, too, from the wainscoting to the window trim and the bar back cabinetry and shelving.</p> <p>The Magnusons&#8217; home bar is now dubbed "The Wasted Space," a nod to their unused parlor and the drinking that now happens in their transformed space.</p> <h3>Do it yourself: How to hack the home bar</h3> <p>If you fancy yourself a skilled <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/diy/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DIYer</a> and don't want to break the bank, consider these options:</p> <p><strong>$ Bookshelf bar</strong><br /> An existing built-in bookshelf is an easy and affordable route for creating a bar. Add cabinet doors to the bottom as a place to tuck away bar tools. Adjust shelving to create plenty of space for a tray, ice bucket, and spirits.</p> <p>If you feel adventurous, apply an adhesive wallpaper to the backside for a pop of color or pattern. If you need lighting, simply add <a href="http://www.lighttape.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Light Tape</a> or <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IXWQ4OS/ref=asc_df_B00IXWQ4OS4976735/?tag=hyprod-20&amp;creative=395033&amp;creativeASIN=B00IXWQ4OS&amp;linkCode=df0&amp;hvadid=193988463246&amp;hvpos=1o4&amp;hvnetw=g&amp;hvrand=11800813861158604786&amp;hvpone=&amp;hvptwo=&amp;hvqmt=&amp;hvdev=c&amp;hvdvcmdl=&amp;hvlocint=&amp;hvlocphy=9008465&amp;hvtargid=pla-309723479503" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">adhesive battery-operated LED lights</a>. Use existing shelving to display pretty glassware. And finally, style your bookshelf with any other accessories that pull your bar together.</p> <p><strong>$$ Repurposed furniture bar</strong></p> <p>In lieu of a bar cart, repurpose an unused console, record cabinet, or secretary desk into a bar. Bring the piece of furniture back to life with a coat of paint or a fun finish. Above the bar, add wall-mounted shelving from <a href="https://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/category/products.jsp?cellBackground=false&amp;parentCatId=cat1580096&amp;topCatId=cat1630014&amp;categoryId=cat10310012&amp;sale=false" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Restoration Hardware</a> or <a href="https://www.cb2.com/wall-mounted-storage/storage/1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">CB2</a> to display your stockpile of spirits, along with sculptural glasses like coupes, highballs, and whiskey tumblers.</p> <figure id="attachment_215949" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-bars-5044873797/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-215949" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bar7-ec2515.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="599" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-bars-5044873797/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Michele Safra Interiors</a></figcaption></figure> <p><strong>$$$ Salvaged cabinetry bar</strong></p> <p>Glotzl recommends salvaging a cabinet from a kitchen renovation company or a place like Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Give the cabinet a fresh coat of paint, and for a custom look, top it off with a countertop remnant from a stone company.</p> <p><strong>$$$$ Cloistered bar</strong></p> <p>A closet is the perfect place to tuck away a bar. Glotzl recommends removing the door and molding, along with the drywall from the doorway to the ceiling, to create a seamless notch in the room.</p> <p>"The problem with using the closet is, it's going to be deep and not a standard size," says Glotzl. For this, you need precise measurements to ensure that your cabinetry and countertops fit snuggly. From there, you can accessorize the space with bracketed shelving and a fun pendant light to illuminate your new favorite drinking spot.</p> <p>Ready to start planning your home bar? <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-home-bar-type-217390/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Take our quiz</a> to find out what style is right for you.</p> <p><em>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/bars/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">bar design inspiration</a> on Zillow Digs.</em></p> <p><em>Top image from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/701-Brandon-Way-Austin-TX-78733/70330388_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a></em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/living-rooms/home-bar-every-budget/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">A Home Bar for Every Budget</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-essentials-every-host-needs-207836/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Entertaining Essentials: 5 Items Every Host Needs</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/styling-bar-carts-4-looks-172182/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Styling Bar Carts: 4 Irresistible Looks</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ELfL4TJNSX4:WHbAfEJdN8M:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ELfL4TJNSX4:WHbAfEJdN8M:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-a-bar-in-your-home-215862/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-a-bar-in-your-home-215862/ 2017-06-13 19:32 +00:00 2017-06-14 07:32 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=217361 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/svF6R5HFhpE/ Editors' Picks Unique Homes Love Cats? Probably Not as Much as the Seller of This Unbelievable Home If the idea of a multi-story stone cat castle is appealing, you'll want to check out this feline fantasyland right meow. Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:58:35 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/feline-fantasyland-217361/#respond Whitney Ricketts <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The first line of this home's Zillow listing says it all. "If you love cats, this home is for you! If not, bring your sandblaster!"</span></p> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/669-County-Road-8235-Stanford-Concho-AZ-85924/2093941982_zpid/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Concho, Arizona listing</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is a proverbial dream come true for the cat-obsessed, complete with cat walkways, cat turrets, and a stone "medieval cat castle" with </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">multiple floors</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_217382" style="width: 600px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/669-County-Road-8235-Stanford-Concho-AZ-85924/2093941982_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-217382 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISeg1o8ar16pxh1000000000-1-7b2fa8.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="450" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/669-County-Road-8235-Stanford-Concho-AZ-85924/2093941982_zpid/">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Not so fond of felines? This house is your nightmare.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the aptly effusive words of the Zillow listing, "Must see to believe it does exist!!! Once in a lifetime find extremely fun home!" (sic). </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And fun this home is, particularly the second floor, which is literally covered from floor to ceiling in pictures of cats - a festive backdrop for the pillar of stuffed cats hanging in the center of the room.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_217367" style="width: 600px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/669-County-Road-8235-Stanford-Concho-AZ-85924/2093941982_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-217367 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISmqyiptf73nzf1000000000-eefcc8.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="450" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/669-County-Road-8235-Stanford-Concho-AZ-85924/2093941982_zpid/">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The bathroom is yet another impressive (and colorful) altar to our feline friends, from the cheerful cat faces lining the floors to the legion of tiny cat statues perched on the bright pink shelves.</span></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="600" height="450" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS2jjyuqy9xakh1000000000-807ac2.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="538" height="450" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISa1f563n2307f1000000000-101e86.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="600" height="450" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISuchumdie990g1000000000-469de1.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="600" height="450" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS6euuog7rmszf1000000000-d7c14b.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="600" height="450" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISapladx2i58kh1000000000-1ed295.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="600" height="450" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISu08bkzwisn8j1000000000-17a872.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="600" height="450" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISivnmv37qd5kh1000000000-25a022.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="600" height="450" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISus5c9nzhmjxh1000000000-0aa091.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="600" height="450" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISy3xz7xilpuxh1000000000-0372e6.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="600" height="450" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISqh663hx94n0g1000000000-25fd33.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="600" height="450" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS6qfb5hlsvgyh1000000000-299dca.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="600" height="450" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS6uau3u5qkh0g1000000000-7249bc.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="600" height="450" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISaplinqqup30g1000000000-d4a924.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="600" height="450" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISe0d6m0ayse0g1000000000-dbed21.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="600" height="450" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISivnu5xu2y00g1000000000-b36e44.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p><em>Photos from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/669-County-Road-8235-Stanford-Concho-AZ-85924/2093941982_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">More fun bursts of personality:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Creative rockery topped by the word "CATS" in big, red, bold lettering</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cat-sized stone turrets seemingly straight out of (cat-sized) Winterfell</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brightly-colored cat-themed rugs in almost every room of the house</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gallery wall of cat photos</span></li> </ul> <p>Sara Reidhead and Liz Keller of <a href="http://www.century21.com/property/669-county-road-8235-stanford-concho-az-85924-C2180160777" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Century 21 High Country</a> hold the listing.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/catios-177480/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">It&#8217;s a Catio, Daddio! A Video Tour Led by the Feline Himself</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/castle-outside-nyc-216402/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">I Spent Two Days in a Castle Just Outside NYC</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/artists-vision-sparks-buzz-206874/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">An Artist&#8217;s Vision of Home Sparks Buzz</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=svF6R5HFhpE:CSgLzrXpB1Q:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=svF6R5HFhpE:CSgLzrXpB1Q:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/feline-fantasyland-217361/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/feline-fantasyland-217361/ 2017-06-13 16:58 +00:00 2017-06-14 04:58 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=216402 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/lHnTqf3eZ-s/ Editors' Picks Unique Homes castles historic homes unique homes I Spent Two Days in a Castle Just Outside NYC This storied palace has lasted centuries, hosted celebrities - and now, it's for sale. Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:00:42 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/castle-outside-nyc-216402/#respond Lindsay Cohen <p><img style="float:left; margin: 0 15px 15px 0;" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC08717-e68d5a-200x300.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="300" /></p> <p><em>I am trying to find the hidden staircase.</em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are so many rooms in this cavernous place that just when I think I get a handle on things, I turn a corner and find something new: &#8220;Look, there's a light fixture that looks like medieval armor!&#8221; or &#8220;Is that a bathroom… or a chapel?!&#8221;</span></p> <p>I am 20 minutes from Manhattan and the cacophony that comes with it. Gone are the sirens, the car horns and the hustle of 8.5 million people; in their place, I have a view of the Hudson, the lush green riverside and the serenity of a practical fortress.</p> <p>Oh, and did I mention - <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/170-Shonnard-Ter-Yonkers-NY-10701/32986836_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">I'm in a castle</a>! And for two days, it's just me, a few coworkers and the owner. I think about some of the greats who have walked these halls (Prince, Beyonce and Scorsese, to name a few). I stop from pinching myself. (No one <i>actually</i> does that, do they?)</p> <p>I am definitely not dreaming.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DpWw2INGCjk?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <h3>I am envisioning 30 raccoons sitting next to me</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This place didn't begin with grandeur and splendor and opulence.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kohle Yohannan - who's called </span><a href="http://www.greystonecourt.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Greystone Court</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> home for nearly 16 years - describes the almost out-of-a-movie-like experience of stumbling on this place. (I will later learn it's a fitting metaphor for what the castle has become today: a backdrop for countless films, television shows and magazines. More on that in a bit.)</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-217309 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC08411-91d8c7.jpg" alt="" width="467" height="700" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rewind the tape to a young Yohannan, on a long motorcycle ride out of New York City. The year was 1999. He saw a handful of turrets peeking through the fog and thought, &#8220;No way. </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">It can't be</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">.&#8221;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&#8220;I was in disbelief because I truly believed that this building had been torn down,&#8221; he remembers. &#8220;And as the veil of fog lifted and the sun shone, I saw the building that I knew: a castle built of 16</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">th-</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, 17</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">th-</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and 18</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">th-</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">century European rooms over 150 years ago."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-217295 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC08299-75ed99.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It was hardly fit for a king when Yohannan spotted it. Many of the rooms lacked basic components (read: windows). But he knocked on the door anyway - and the adventure began. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A woman came to the door. They wrote letters back and forth for a couple of years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She'd kept the mansion for nearly four decades, one of several owners in a list that includes a Russian ballet company and a banker. The home is a cavernous place with 28 rooms - some of which were imported from Europe in the 1800s. Owners pieced together this palace like a puzzle, carefully moving and installing spaces that date back hundreds of years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The woman was so impressed by Yohannan's interest and knowledge of the home&#8217;s history and architecture that she eventually agreed to sell to him.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In late October 2001, he moved in - and quickly realized he was not alone.</span></p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hne0Xk_2yg0?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's Halloween night. There was howling wind coming through the windows. It was cold," he recalls. "There's 27 or 30 raccoons - I lost count at one point - coming out when the darkness descended into the room."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yohannan and his marshmallow of a dog - a lovable pit bull named Baron - acquiesced and moved to another spot in the castle.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I had a terrified pit bull and myself looking at glowering eyes in the middle of a 17</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">th-</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">century ceiling. It was glamorous, but it was horrifying," he says, laughing. "Raccoons aren&#8217;t nice."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-217310 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC08415-03fc63.jpg" alt="" width="467" height="700" /></p> <h3>I am thinking about the bucket</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It's a figurative bucket - signifying years of painstaking restoration Yohannan put into this place - as well as a literal one. In the beginning, he'd move said bucket to catch the water coming in from the roof. He did not place it over his head- although, at one point, maybe that wouldn't have been a bad idea.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It needed some love," he says, nonchalantly, of the house. "But there was always a sense that it was important work. It was worth the sacrifice."</span></p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Po2KQ6qBpIU?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Hundreds of thousands of hours went into creating this: the carvings, the people who danced and cried and wept underneath these ceilings," he says. "The human patina is in this building."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It helped that he had a master's degree in art history. There were Tiffany stained glass windows that needed cleaning, and centuries-old, hand-carved ceilings that warranted an expert's touch.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In all, he would end up with 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and 11 fireplaces that needed years of restoration. There's a spacious ballroom where the ballerinas once danced; a Turkish Room with upholstered walls and tall, rich, wood-paneled bookshelves; and an observatory overlooking the Hudson River. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">That's Yohannan's favorite.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-217299 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC08331-f4d1dd.jpg" alt="" width="467" height="700" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's copper-clad and it's pensive and thoughtful. It's where I write," he says. "It's a serious room with a slightly capricious aspect to it. And I think that sums up a home like this. It's monumental but somehow there are flights of fancy that inform and inspire us."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It's also inspired dozens of film, television, and music stars.</span></p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/k_JinSRCAGU?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <h3>I am doing my best Beyonce</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I&#8217;m standing where Queen B was, singing along to her song 'Irreplaceable.' The <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EwViQxSJJQ" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">music video</a> - which has racked up more than 245 million hits on YouTube - was shot </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">right here</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">(Don't freak out, I tell myself. Don't freak out, don't freak out, <em>dontfreakout</em>.)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But it's not just music moguls. It's Martin Scorsese using the castle as a setting for the hit HBO series "Boardwalk Empire." It's Annie Leibovitz bringing together Kanye, Liv Tyler, and Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine fame) for a <a href="https://za.pinterest.com/pin/69665125455841347/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">fashion shoot</a>. It's "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R05MhyhLJg&amp;spfreload=10" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Gossip Girl</a>," and Jennifer Lopez, and Julia Roberts and Kirsten Dunst in the movie "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y07Znu8rGP0&amp;spfreload=10" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Mona Lisa Smile</a>."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">These adventures started the same way his did: with a rap on the door - and a chance meeting.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"A young location person knocked on my door about a year into it and asked if I'd like to do a film. They'd heard that we'd done a photo shoot," he recalls. "It was complete chance.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I stood there for a moment and contemplated, 'Well, I can either watch the roof cave in, or I can sit back and let the starlets do their thing.' It wasn't a hard choice," he says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since then, dozens of magazines, movies, TV shows and fashion shoots have used the castle as a backdrop: "Saturday Night Live," MTV, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNcFWlNQMsY" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">GQ</a>, Vogue, others. The list is massive.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">At one point, Prince considered buying the place. He didn't.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And now it's for sale.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-217292 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC08284-6128d0.jpg" alt="" width="467" height="700" /></p> <h3>I am trying to imagine the next owners</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Will they use the 28 rooms for parties? For movies? For a country house outside of New York City?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 13,500-square-foot home is on the market for $3.495 million dollars. Listing agent Terhi Edwards calls it a bargain, and sees the castle as an art gallery, a music studio or maybe even a unique concert hall.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Here you have a house, a river view and a business, if you want to run it," Edwards says. "I think the business part is great - and also the history, what this whole place is. I sometimes think of people who lived here. It's an amazing place."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yohannan hopes to continue the tradition of finding an owner who understands and appreciates the castle and the architecture - someone who will become a steward for a home with such a rich history.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's a sense of responsibility that you're going to preserve something for a life that extends long beyond your own," he says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"There&#8217;s a certain magnetism to exquisite architecture. It directs us to our higher, most inspired selves," he continues. "Having artwork, photography, film, television creating in here breathes more life into a place like this. It becomes part of the story itself."</span></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC08265-51c883.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC08263-d72d22.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC08396-01563b.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC08727-feabc6.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC08272-31e975.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC08273-3d83f6.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC08280-21ba42.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC08287-770c2b.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC08306-450b90.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC08357-21895d.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC08359-495b7d.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC08761-d77815.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p>Terhi Edwards of Douglas Elliman <a href="https://www.elliman.com/westchester/170-shonnard-terrace-yonkers-esqtqtz" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">holds the listing.</a></p> <p><em>Video and photos by <a href="http://www.joshfraner.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Josh Franer</a>.</em></p> <p><em><a href="http://www.greystonecourt.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Learn more</a> about how the castle is used as a film and photo location.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/caribbean-dream-home-216779/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5 Reasons We Crave This Caribbean Villa</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/vashon-greenhouse-216863/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">House of the Week: A 120-Year-Old Gem With a Greenhouse</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/blue-kitchens-sell-for-more-216631/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Homes With Blue Bathrooms Sell for $5,440 More Than Expected</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=lHnTqf3eZ-s:dRSGn3zsolI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=lHnTqf3eZ-s:dRSGn3zsolI:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/castle-outside-nyc-216402/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/castle-outside-nyc-216402/ 2017-06-13 13:00 +00:00 2017-06-14 01:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mqywy2tvgu4dazjqha2genbxmnthimrv/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/get-crafty-colourful-south-american-interiors/ topics:things/interiors topics:places/bolivia storytype:standard topics:places/peru topics:places/latin-america structure:money topics:places/south-america topics:places/london structure:property topics:places/venezuela topics:places/guatemala Get crafty and colourful with South American interiors Tue, 13 Jun 2017 05:00:00 Z Emily Brooks 2017-06-13 05:00 +00:00 2017-06-13 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=216866 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/p2B1QHx47kE/ Tips & Advice flipping Home selling Sell Your Flip Faster With These Expert Tips Time is money, so keep the profits coming with this advice from Christina El Moussa of HGTV's "Flip or Flop." Mon, 12 Jun 2017 22:38:36 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/sell-your-flip-faster-216866/#respond Christina El Moussa <p>If you've been flipping for a while, you know that selling a flipped house takes patience, and that some houses sell faster than others. While many factors affect how quickly a house sells, <a href="https://twitter.com/SuccessPathEd?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Success Path</a> has three tips to help you sell your flipped houses faster.</p> <h3>Make a good first impression</h3> <p>Like a job interview, your house needs to make a good first impression. Regardless of how great it is on the inside, the outside appearance matters, and it can be the deciding factor for whether or not the potential buyer bothers to inquire further about the house.</p> <figure id="attachment_217301" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/28-Cypress-Grove-Ln-SW-Huntsville-AL-35824/109370522_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-217301" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IStom6hx37nmue0000000000-6fa117.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/28-Cypress-Grove-Ln-SW-Huntsville-AL-35824/109370522_zpid/">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p>There are many ways to give your house a quick facelift:</p> <ul> <li>Start with the house itself - add new paint to the shutters, trim, and front door for a quick and inexpensive fix.</li> <li>If possible and necessary, replace windows and the front door, or add trim and shutters.</li> <li>Make sure the roof, porch, and yard are clean and tidy.</li> <li>Use an eye-catching and sophisticated mailbox that matches the style of the house.</li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/diy/fix-cracks-in-driveways/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Repair the driveway</a> if necessary, filling in cracks and removing any weeds.</li> <li>Add edging to create clean landscaping lines.</li> <li>Keep the grass tidy and mowed, filling in any bare spots and removing weeds.</li> <li>If you have a garden, consider adding an arbor as a focal point. If you don't have a garden, place flower pots strategically on the edge of the driveway or the porch.</li> </ul> <h3>Use the reach of social media</h3> <p>Social media is no longer just a place to keep in touch with distant friends and family. It&#8217;s a powerful marketing tool for companies and a platform for <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/words-and-pictures-to-sell-faster/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">connecting with customers</a> - both current and potential.</p> <p>Most social media platforms have special tools for connecting with specific target markets, narrowing the demographics to match your product or service. Use these tools to your advantage! People spend a fair amount of time on social media, so why not put your house right in front of the people looking for a house?</p> <p>Start by posting on local real estate pages, or even create your own house-flipping page where you can create ads to show specifically to the demographic of your choice. Don't wait for the right buyers to find your ad - let your ad find the right buyers.</p> <h3>Don't skimp on major improvements</h3> <p>The ultimate goal may be making a profit, but you&#8217;ll quickly learn the hard way that cutting corners or trying to skip major improvements altogether will cost you more in the long run - and may ultimately put you in the red.</p> <p>If you&#8217;re flipping a house that needs a new roof, but you don't have roofing experience, don&#8217;t ignore the roof or attempt to do it yourself. These things take time and money, and doing it yourself will likely result in costly mistakes. Buyers will look at the bones of the house, so if they see a shoddy roof job, poor plumbing, or major renovations done haphazardly, they&#8217;ll be turned off.</p> <p>Before you even buy a house to flip, budget for <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-renovation-team-trust-201009/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">hiring out</a> major renovations or projects. Even if the house you want to flip seems manageable for your skill set, always assume that you&#8217;ll discover hidden costs and jobs that require a professional.</p> <p>Don't give your potential buyers any red flags. Be upfront about the renovations, particularly the ones done by a professional. Squashing their concerns will leave a good impression and ease their minds as they explore the rest of the house.</p> <p><em>Top photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/N7081-Oak-St-Holmen-WI-54636/81374901_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a></em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/home-improvements-that-pay-off/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Home Improvements That Will Really Pay Off When You Sell</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2017-year-of-your-first-flip-209056/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Will 2017 Be the Year of Your First Flip?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/real-estate-investing-success-202622/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The 6 Stages of Flipping a 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> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=p2B1QHx47kE:_fhHi5N3jCY:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=p2B1QHx47kE:_fhHi5N3jCY:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/sell-your-flip-faster-216866/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/sell-your-flip-faster-216866/ 2017-06-12 22:38 +00:00 2017-06-13 10:38 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=217212 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/faXfjMa0AO8/ Home Improvement decorating Home selling painting zillow research Sellers: Here's How to Update Your Home With Looks Buyers Love Before you list, tweak your home decor and finishes to up your odds of attracting a sale. Mon, 12 Jun 2017 20:01:04 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/sellers-update-your-paint-217212/#respond Kerrie Kelly <p>When you&#8217;re putting your home on the market, you want it looking its best. You know you&#8217;ll need to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/prepare-your-house-for-sale-213113/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">clean and declutter</a>, but what about making cosmetic updates?</p> <p>Investing in a new look for your home might be well worth the effort. The recent Zillow <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/blue-kitchens-sell-for-more-216631/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Paint Colors That Sell</a> Analysis reported that certain paint colors in specific rooms can impact the sale price of a home. And many buyers perk up when they see terms like granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-features-that-sell-195878/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">subway tile</a> in a home&#8217;s listing.</p> <p>Let&#8217;s take a look at ways to work these trends into your home for maximum impact.</p> <h3>More natural, less fussy</h3> <p>Today's buyer is looking for fresh and natural design elements that easily blend between varying styles, from tailored and traditional to ultra-cool and modern.</p> <p>Zillow discovered that shades of cool blue spoke to these home buyers, and offered a semi-blank canvas for them to put their own spin on. A natural blue tone also looks best in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/listing-photos-your-first-showing-191519/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">listing photos</a> and videos.</p> <figure id="attachment_217217" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10513-Skipping-Rock-Ln-NW-Concord-NC-28027/2099699379_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-217217 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1-48c165.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10513-Skipping-Rock-Ln-NW-Concord-NC-28027/2099699379_zpid/">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Many elements impact a home's value</h3> <p>While Zillow's research shows that <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/diy/how-to-paint-a-room-2/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">applying a fresh coat of paint</a> to your home helps boost its value, there are many more components that impact a buyer's willingness to pull out their checkbook.</p> <p>In addition to paint, other elements of the kitchen and bath are important to keep in mind. Updating the countertop or flooring often breathes new life into a space.</p> <figure id="attachment_217218" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-kitchens-8663728297/"><img class="wp-image-217218 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-7a4cd9.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-kitchens-8663728297/">Board and Vellum</a></figcaption></figure> <p>If you don't want to dip into construction territory, smaller scale projects like swapping out hardware, adding artwork, or installing stylish storage are all great fixes that signal your home's been well cared for.</p> <h3>Dip your toe</h3> <p>We always tell clients who are nervous to jump into a new color or pattern this simple piece of advice: Dip your toe in and try it out.</p> <p>As Zillow found, shades of blue are the go-to for home buyers today. However, that doesn't mean you have to splash navy blue paint across your walls.</p> <p>If you're <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/stage-your-house-like-a-pro-212425/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">staging your home to sell</a>, or just want to see what the color looks like in your environment, start small with throw pillows, an area rug, or window coverings. These decorative accents are small but mighty, and may offer just the right amount of impact to boost your home's value.</p> <figure id="attachment_217219" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5071-Primrose-Pl-Ontario-CA-91762/2100461935_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-217219 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-834129.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="461" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5071-Primrose-Pl-Ontario-CA-91762/2100461935_zpid/">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p>Now that homeowners are gravitating toward fresh, bright and clean coloration, we can expect hues of blue and gray to offer the tranquility potential buyers are looking for.</p> <p>Paired with classic white countertops and cabinets, these shades complement nearly every kitchen and bathroom, making your next home sale a slam dunk - especially if sky blue or periwinkle is involved!</p> <p><em>Watch us try out some of the most and least popular shades.</em></p> <p><iframe style="border: none; 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Thu, 08 Jun 2017 22:38:08 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/vashon-greenhouse-216863/#respond Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Talk with Sylvia Matlock and Ross Johnson, and it's easy to see how their legacy has taken root.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The duo - owners of a longtime nursery on Vashon Island, just outside Seattle - will mention driving around their small town and spotting large, leafy, fully grown trees they remember being planted as saplings.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It's a fitting image for a couple who lives in th</span>e Evergreen State.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It happens every day. We will be working for someone who has been a customer for 20 years, and we walk around their yard and see all these things they've purchased from us," Matlock says. "We've seen some of the customers move on and have kids, and their kids are having kids. We're now seeing three generations come through."</span></p> <figure id="attachment_216875" style="width: 900px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-216875 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Nursery-main-image-495c8f-e1496857358427.jpg" alt="" width="900" height="646" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">The Vashon Island home is currently listed for $1.195 million.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So perhaps it is bittersweet for the pair to put their <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/19028-Vashon-Hwy-SW-Vashon-WA-98070/48852277_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">historic home and working nursery</a> on the market. The new owners will not only be getting a 120-year-old house with 4 bedrooms and 2.25 bathrooms, but also a guest suite that doubles as a vacation rental. They'll also have a lush greenhouse often used for special events - and the option to keep the nursery going after more than 20 years in business.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_216893" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-216893 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/VashonNursery_073_20170605__DSC8540-f689d0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="548" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Homeowners Sylvia Matlock and Ross Johnson enjoy a morning coffee.</figcaption></figure> <p>The couple did extensive renovations on the house before moving into it four years ago. (It had previously been an art gallery and a work space for a wine label designer.)</p> <figure id="attachment_216902" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-216902 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/VashonNursery_113_20170605__DSC8487-3ec335.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="563" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Hanging plants frame the remodeled kitchen.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bathrooms got trendy subway tiles, while the kitchen picked up modern stainless steel appliances. Light fixtures have a mid-century modern feel, and greenery is incorporated throughout the home via hanging planters and natural light.</span></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="554" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/VashonNursery_003_20170605__DSC8469-a23a3f.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/VashonNursery_041_20170605__DSC8600_Resized-c777d0.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/VashonNursery_017_20170605__DSC8485-a0860b.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="622" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/VashonNursery_028_20170605__DSC0936-5b3db0.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/VashonNursery_029_20170605__DSC0907-f0732e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="590" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/VashonNursery_037_20170605__DSC8587-b55148.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/VashonNursery_059_20170605__DSC8683-b6789f.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="582" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/kitchen-e83eef.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="627" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/VashonNursery_055_20170605__DSC0884-0f5b86.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="556" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/VashonNursery_101_20170605__DSC8925-1f3559.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="564" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/VashonNursery_080_20170605__DSC8868-e49e5d.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="541" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/VashonNursery_065_20170605__DSC8831-745391.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple also upgraded the antique electrical system - replacing the knob-and-tube wiring - and repaired the roof. In the process, they unexpectedly uncovered some hidden gems, including a 1930s Seattle Times newspaper buried in the walls.</span></p> <p>"It was clear the last person put it in there for someone to see it," Matlock says. "This particular one - you could actually turn the page and read it."</p> <figure id="attachment_216900" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-216900 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/VashonNursery_099_20170605__DSC8911-ce65f7.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Remodeling the home revealed layers of paint from earlier generations.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While making improvements, the couple kept some original touches intact. Opening up the ceiling to the rafters allowed them to save and restore some of the old wood. They also decided to keep the layers of paint in the guest suite sunroom, showing the generations of people who&#8217;ve lived there previously.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The blue overhead - that's years of people painting over it in different colors," Johnson says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Seeing the original patina of the place, the original woodwoork in the rafters - you just feel the history of it," Matlock adds.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_216906" style="width: 504px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-216906 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/VashonNursery_057_20170605__DSC8657-62e3dd.jpg" alt="" width="504" height="700" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">One of the couple&#8217;s dogs enjoying a sunny day in the nursery.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Johnson and Matlock are sad to part with the property, listed at $1.195 million, but are ready for another adventure. They hope to semi-retire in Southern Oregon by doing light nursery work, while continuing to rent properties to vacationers and guests.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_216899" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-216899 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/VashonNursery_094_20170605__DSC8903-25ab7f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">The guest suite, often rented out to visitors and tourists, also incorporates plants and greenery.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Before they do that, they made sure to leave one more legacy behind: putting a modern newspaper in the walls for the next owners to find.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I remember my feeling about it was I wanted to keep it a secret for some reason," Matlock says. "I didn't even tell the construction guys. I just kind of hid it away."</span></p> <p>David Knight and Hilary Limont of John L. Scott <a href="https://www.johnlscott.com/search/place/ChIJwxZOHIVPkFQRy0C8-rorl4g" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">have the listing</a>.</p> <p><em>Photos by <a href="http://www.erikhecht.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Erik Hecht</a></em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/island-dream-homes-216781/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">8 Dream Homes Serving Up a Slice of Island Life</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/shipping-container-on-the-beach-216485/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">House of the Week: Tiny Shipping Container, Big Style</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/landscaping-trends-2017-216042/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">8 Hot Landscaping Trends for 2017</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=XpcEg1V06ZQ:Z_kevpqVX9c:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=XpcEg1V06ZQ:Z_kevpqVX9c:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/vashon-greenhouse-216863/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/vashon-greenhouse-216863/ 2017-06-08 22:38 +00:00 2017-06-09 10:38 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=216777 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/5K2y1fekxS4/ Home Improvement beach houses decorating Designer Lookbook Designer Lookbook: Susan Jamieson's Coastal Getaway Decorative touches from Asia and Africa lend exotic flair to this beach house, inspiring the feel of a true getaway. Thu, 08 Jun 2017 22:29:02 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/designer-lookbook-susan-jamieson-216777/#respond Marissa Hermanson <p>With an all-white color scheme and Moroccan decorative elements, this refined yet relaxed family vacation home in Florida's Alys Beach offers an ideal coastal getaway. "We wanted to keep it minimal and light," says designer Susan Jamieson of <a href="https://www.bridgetbearidesigns.com/alys-beach" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Bridget Beari Designs</a>.</p> <p>The homeowners, with whom Jamieson had worked on three other houses, had a definite goal in mind: wanted a no-fuss, comfortable getaway with casual open and airy spaces. And they asked Jamieson to incorporate cultural elements from Asia and Africa.</p> <h3>A warm welcome</h3> <p>At the home&#8217;s entrance, a stairwell makes a dramatic architectural statement with carved wood handrails reminiscent of rope, as well as floating steps and Moroccan-inspired molding framing the archway. Concrete candle canisters from Thailand add an ambient glow.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-217143" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BBD_ALYS_Beach_1083-ec5f1e.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="750" /></p> <p>And at the top of the stairwell, sculptural metallic light fixtures twinkle like stars at night.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-217145" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BBD_ALYS_Beach_1612-648121.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="750" /></p> <p>White Venetian plaster walls with a slight sheen give the interior of the home a clean and tranquil feel, while white-washed wood floors add warmth and texture.</p> <p>"The challenge was doing an all-white house at the beach, where you will be entertaining people," says Jamieson, who was conscious of the fabrics and textures she used in the home. Vinyl upholstery was used throughout so kids could sit down in their wet bathing suits without ruining fabrics. "We wanted things that we could wash and wipe off and not worry about," says Jamieson.</p> <p>Throughout the house, the designer eschewed rugs to make it easier for the homeowners to sweep up sand that would be trailed in from the beach. "It's simple, clean, and easy for the homeowner to take care of," Jamieson notes.</p> <p>With an open and flowing floor plan, the unique home sprawls through four stories. An open living room seamlessly eases into the kitchen, where white oak cabinets in a gray-washed finish are set into the molded Venetian plaster. Luxurious Calcutta marble surfaces add to the kitchen's clean and minimal look.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-217140" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BBD_ALYS_Beach_444-f82cc6.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="750" /></p> <h3>Cool and comfortable</h3> <p>In the family room, grass shades and ethereal white draperies hang from the ceiling, cloistering the room from the outdoors, while also welcoming plenty of natural light. An oversized wood coffee table anchors the living room, along with a sectional covered in washable linen. Jamieson accessorized the space with organic-looking cultural elements like a wooden hand chair from Noir, along with Indonesian accents.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-217137" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BBD_ALYS_Beach_1462-7640da.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>"The homeowner likes a little bling," says Jamieson, so she incorporated oversized sculptural light fixtures throughout to glam up the casual all-white space. In the living room, large black chandeliers add drama and visual interest to the airy crisp white space, while also emphasizing the height of the soaring ceilings.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-217144" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BBD_ALYS_Beach_354-9f3351.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>"There's a mix of modern glam in this beach house," says Jamieson. "Mixing styles is more interesting."</p> <h3>Step outside</h3> <p>From the terrace to balconies, outdoor living areas are plentiful in the vacation home. Retractable doors open from the living room out onto a balcony with casual rattan seating.</p> <p>And off the kitchen, there's a two-tiered patio with a raised dining area and pool on a lower terrace. The dining area's banquette is topped with Sunbrella cushions, draperies frame the space, and Moroccan-inspired chandeliers add a far-off feel.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-217139" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BBD_ALYS_Beach_291-e89caf.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Inside, a television room for the kids is secluded by a Moroccan screen door, and spruced up with contemporary art, a lavender linen sofa by Verellen, and a glass-and-crystal chandelier.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-217138" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BBD_ALYS_Beach_026-cf0554.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>In the powder room, earthy elements like a driftwood log and wood shelving pair with glamorous silver metallic tile.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-217148" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Debbies-Beach-house-I-131-ea9bf9.jpg" alt="" width="427" height="640" /></p> <p>On the third floor, the master bedroom and bath combine organic washed-wood finishes with crisp whites to create a relaxing retreat. The bedroom&#8217;s metallic table adds luxe texture, and a cabinet at the end of the bed tucks away a flat-screen television to keep views unobstructed.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-217132" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BBD_ALYS_Beach_580-c827f7.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>A clean and contemporary master bath incorporates the same white oak cabinets in a gray-washed finish from the kitchen, and are paired with Silver Athens marble. Floating shelves and glass pendant lights keep the washroom pure and simple.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-217130" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BBD_ALYS_Beach_677-0d9f2f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>"We wanted to keep it minimal and free of fuss," says Jamieson. The designer created a spa-like sanctuary by surrounding a contemporary Kohler freestanding tub with smooth river rocks.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-217129" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BBD_ALYS_Beach_655-864f50.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="427" /></p> <h3>Rest stop</h3> <p>In the other bedrooms of the house, Jamieson introduced subtle shades. A soft blue-and-white color palette makes for a feminine girl's room that is accessorized with a rattan stool, African juju hat, and funky pendant lighting.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-217134" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BBD_ALYS_Beach_911-b11513.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>The boy's bunk room is decked out in a gray-and-orange color scheme. Four white shiplap sleeping berths incorporate a ledge to plug in gadgets and a sconce for reading in bed. Sleeping bags in lieu of traditional bedding make for easy bed-making in the morning.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-217141" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BBD_ALYS_Beach_726-716ea1.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="750" /></p> <p>A sunny yellow-and-white guest room is glammed up with brass, from the bed frame to the curtain rods.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-217136" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BBD_ALYS_Beach_1170-8427b6.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>In the bathroom, natural surfaces like the limestone walls and gray wood cabinetry mix with sleek contemporary features like a trough sink, recessed mirror, and brass hardware.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-217149" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BBD_ALYS_Beach_1087-071fff.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="750" /></p> <p>On the fourth floor, a sitting room offers 270-degree views, with three walls of windows. A show-stopping gold zebra-print sofa makes a chic statement, and a chair covered in a washable linen slipcover and topped with a vinyl pillow offers up kid-friendly seating.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-217135" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/BBD_ALYS_Beach_919-6169f9.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h3>Get the look at home</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Remove all your rugs.</strong> "That&#8217;s a way to keep the space nice and clean," says Jamieson, who says this makes it easy to sweep up messes.</li> <li><strong>Experiment with vinyl. </strong>"It's no longer your grandmother's vinyl," says the designer, who used the fabric throughout the home. "It comes in unique colors, and you can use it on kitchen chairs."</li> <li><strong>Pare down.</strong> "Take away everything, accessory-wise, and then put it back in a very simple way," says Jamieson. "Try to edit your room."</li> <li><strong>In a neutral space, make a bold statement.</strong> "I always like to go big with chandeliers to make more of an impact," Jamieson explains. "I could've created an all-white space and done a metal chandelier, but I found a large black one to make a bold statement."</li> </ul> <p><em>Photos by Joe Bernado</em></p> <p><em>Get more design inspiration on <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow Digs</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/beach-decor-for-every-home-179242/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Beach Decor for Every Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/brooke-wagner-marigold-215081/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Designer Lookbook: Brooke Wagner Design&#8217;s Beachfront Beauty</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tips-for-designing-coastal-home-204524/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Tips for Designing a Perfectly Timeless Coastal Home</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=5K2y1fekxS4:fAhM1poZdZU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=5K2y1fekxS4:fAhM1poZdZU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/designer-lookbook-susan-jamieson-216777/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/designer-lookbook-susan-jamieson-216777/ 2017-06-08 22:29 +00:00 2017-06-09 10:29 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=217096 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/xYbks17hv24/ Celebrity Real Estate kardashians Kendall Jenner Models reality TV stars Kendall Jenner Packs It In, Listing Her LA Condo for $1.6M The luxe pad was her first, bought not long after she turned 18. Now, at 21, she's looking to unload it. Thu, 08 Jun 2017 21:13:36 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/kendall-selling-la-condo-217096/#respond Satinder Haer <p>Kendall is often the quietest one of the Kardashian/Jenner bunch. Despite being <a href="http://www.vogue.co.uk/gallery/highest-paid-models-2016" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">one of the highest-earning models</a> in the world, her real estate purchases have been quite tame. Especially compared to younger sister Kylie, who has <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tag/kylie-jenner/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">bought and sold</a> several mansions since turning 18, and is currently forking over a hefty <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/kylie-jenner-35m-mansion-216041/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">$125,000 a month for her rental</a>.</p> <p>Perhaps Kendall has decided it&#8217;s her turn to make some real estate headlines. Her L.A. high-rise unit just <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10580-Wilshire-Blvd-APT-3SE-Los-Angeles-CA-90024/2127505288_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">hit the market for $1.6 million</a> - which will buy <a href="http://www.eonline.com/news/859893/kendall-jenner-s-making-this-retro-accessory-cool-again" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">an awful lot of fanny packs</a>.</p> <p>The young Jenner picked up the property in May 2014 for $1.3 million &#8212; likely with the help of mom Kris, who manages many of the family&#8217;s real estate transactions.</p> <p>Located in the Wilshire corridor, the beautiful corner unit spans 2,068-square-feet, with views of greenery, a sculpture garden and the city skyline. While the exterior views from the unit are enviable, the interior is even more so.</p> <p>The 2-bed, 3-bath residence feels spacious thanks to high ceilings, lots of natural lighting and an open floor plan. Combine that layout with a color palette of beige, white, gray and pale lavender, and it&#8217;s exactly where we&#8217;d picture Kendall relaxing after a long photo shoot.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="576" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISyf28jvn6pimw1000000000-1437c7-1024x576.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="576" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISmulv5ey3thsv1000000000-03eba1-1024x576.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="640" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISi3yjiifq8omw1000000000-f85323-1024x640.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="640" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISq90w0pjyglmw1000000000-1a1941-1024x640.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="640" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS2rtvh57astmw1000000000-c4067a-1024x640.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="640" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISaxv70cbi0rmw1000000000-fa99dd-1024x640.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="640" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISmep7hsytbzmw1000000000-9812a2-1024x640.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="640" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISe8nvylul32nw1000000000-832030-1024x640.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="640" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS62ljgfqdv4nw1000000000-aa759d-1024x640.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p><em>Photos from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/10580-Wilshire-Blvd-APT-3SE-Los-Angeles-CA-90024/2127505288_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a></em></p> <p>The designer kitchen features stainless Sub-Zero and Viking appliances, while the bathrooms are decked out with Kohler and Grohe fixtures. While it&#8217;s hard to imagine needing any more amenities with a starter apartment this luxurious, the building does boast a heated pool, fitness center, social room, conference rooms and wine storage. And, if there&#8217;s anything else you need, a 24-hour concierge, security team, and doorman are standing by.</p> <p>We might see Kendall&#8217;s name in more headlines soon if she&#8217;s trading up. But maybe she&#8217;s just hoping to spend more time at <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/jenner-blunt-krasinski-home-202176/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">her other Los Angeles property</a>: a $6.5-million modern manse she picked up from Emily Blunt and John Krasinski last year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.joycerey.com/beverly-hills-properties/10580-wilshire/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Joyce Rey</a> of Coldwell Banker holds the listing.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/kylie-jenner-35m-mansion-216041/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Kylie Jenner's Rent is More Than Most Americans' Annual Salary</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/barack-michelle-obama-buy-dc-home-216622/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Barack and Michelle Obama Buy $8.1M D.C. 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Home Sells for $4.995M</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=xYbks17hv24:W-Yk5mk7Gzs:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=xYbks17hv24:W-Yk5mk7Gzs:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/kendall-selling-la-condo-217096/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/kendall-selling-la-condo-217096/ 2017-06-08 21:13 +00:00 2017-06-09 09:13 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/oq4wsmruof3gg2rxgfzdimjzgnugqndt/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/welcome-iceland-hottest-property-market-world/ topics:places/new-zealand topics:places/canada topics:places/hong-kong storytype:standard topics:places/iceland structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market topics:organisations/knight-frank structure:property Welcome to Iceland: the hottest property market in the world  Thu, 08 Jun 2017 11:07:51 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-06-08 11:07 +00:00 2017-06-08 23:07 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ou2do5rqgftg44zrg4zg6mbyozvgo43d/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/hard-partying-clubbing-mecca-clean-living-capitalhow-ibiza-reinvented/ topics:organisations/youtube topics:things/buying-property topics:things/champagne storytype:standard structure:travel topics:places/spain topics:things/meditation structure:money structure:lifestyle topics:places/ibiza structure:property topics:things/fitness From hard-partying clubbing mecca to clean-living capital: How Ibiza reinvented itself Thu, 08 Jun 2017 05:00:00 Z Anna Tyzack 2017-06-08 05:00 +00:00 2017-06-08 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=216779 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/UkLBQ8A02UU/ Unique Homes beach houses waterfront homes 5 Reasons We Crave This Caribbean Villa Not every home in tropical paradise has turquoise water on three sides. Here's what we love most. Thu, 08 Jun 2017 00:16:50 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/caribbean-dream-home-216779/#respond Lindsay Cohen <h3>Views from every room, even underwater</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This <a href="http://www.theagencyre.com/listing/dl1603943s-turtle-tail-drive-providenciales-turk/">11,000-square-foot estate</a> is a waterfront oasis. Turquoise water melds with the warm gold of the sunrise (the house was designed to face east for that gorgeous, early morning glow); plus, a glass-enclosed pool allows swimmers to look out at the ocean from above ground - or even underwater.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-217051 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow-3884-a7f68a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I found this beautiful place with water on three sides. When I saw it, it conquered me," says homeowner Glenn Garrard, who designed the compound with this vista in mind. "The views to the sea are spectacular. It overcomes you as soon as you come up the stairs."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The house also boasts a seaside fire pit, nearly 500 feet of oceanfront and a white-sand private beach. It's a Miami-meets-Mykonos style, describes Garrard: perfect for a summer vacation - or, if you're lucky, your next dream home.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-216990 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow-3735-1963c7.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h3>The loungepad is bigger than your bed</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We just love this contemporary take on a poolside cabana: mod-style wood frame, oversized couch cushions that ooze relaxation. It breathes dreaminess, with aquamarine water on one side, the pool lapping at your toes and a host of marine life just waiting to be explored. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">That's one of the family's favorite things, too: swimming, snorkeling and paddleboarding with underwater creatures.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We have a lagoon that's maybe football [field]-size. We'll see turtles, stingrays, starfish," says Garrard. "It's our own personal aquarium. You snorkel in just about two-and-a-half feet of water, and you see a million fish. It's just spectacular."</span></p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1ODwbJab6WU?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <h3 class="toc">Room to sleep 16 <em>comfortably</em></h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With 7 queen-or-bigger beds and sleeper sofas, there&#8217;s room for 16 people to spend the night here without pumping up an air mattress. And with a private bar overlooking the beach, this seaside villa was built to entertain. The bottom level has garage doors that open up to a patio and the private beach, while the wood-paneled bar features beer on tap (local island lager is the Garrards&#8217; go-to). </span></p> <p>There's space to belly-up to the bar from inside the home or out, with a roll-up window ready to serve fresh-off-the-beach surfers and sunbathers. The dining room has space for 20.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-217044 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow-3598-d489a9.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Establishing a home for 16 people made sense for a family whose home-build was done as a group, too. There were hours of coordinating how they would get goods to the island (Garrard lives 1,500 miles away in Canada). But it also took a bit of convincing at first; the cynics included his wife, Jaclyn.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"There&#8217;s countless people that say, 'You&#8217;re crazy. Why would you do that? It&#8217;s too far. It&#8217;s too big. It costs too much to do this. It&#8217;s taking up too much of your life to do this. It&#8217;s difficult,'" he remembers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All those skeptics? They were wrong. The family pulled it off - from clearing the land to calling it home - in less than one year of working together: father and son, side by side, with the help of a small crew. Even Jaclyn came on board once she saw the project taking shape, helping pick colors for the interior.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-217080 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/new-tiki-vert-ca3a92.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1200" /></p> <h3>Wine in empty salsa jars (kidding&#8230; kind of)</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Soaking tub with a corner view of the Caribbean? Check. Yoga deck with crashing waves in the background? This place has that too. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But it didn't start out that way.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Imagine 10 giant shipping containers packed with building materials sailing toward this tiny island chain, where the population hovers under 35,000. With such a small island as the spot for their second home, the Garrards had to import - and build - nearly everything themselves.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_217081" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-217081 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/new-garrard-vert-9707df.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1200" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Tyler (left) and Glenn Garrard (right).</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once everything was on site, the family worked around-the-clock to go from sandy beach to seaside villa in less than 12 months. Garrard's son, Tyler, slept in a hammock under a mosquito net on the beach, working from sunup to sundown to get the home complete.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We cooked hotdogs over a fire. We had wine out of empty salsa jars," says Tyler. "It was a great experience, getting up early, getting up with the sun, going to bed with the sun."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-216978 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow-3466-00f1de.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h3>You can spend a week here - or forever</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As much as the Garrards love</span><a href="http://tipofthetailvilla.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Tip of the Tail Villa</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, they are ready for another adventure, and </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">just put the home on the market for $7.48 million</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. If it seems like a hefty pricetag, you could always rope in some friends and share your time in the sun together. Plus, there some pretty perks: Garrard has already booked more than half the year as a vacation rental - and says the income is hard to beat - so you could always rent the place out when you're not there.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We're excited about the future. Tip of the Tail Villa is our stepping stone to some other adventures," he says. "We look at each other's faces, and we can't help but laugh and giggle at how great life is here at this beautiful home."</span></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow-3971-9ab7ea.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow-3983-83a7cc.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow-3956-2a2581.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow-3973-da9689.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow-08816-c3ffbf.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow-3930-HDR-821f70.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow-3905-a51808.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow-3948-8c6984.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow-3613-b4ccb7.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow-3227-9d0e42.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow-3458-a8defc.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow-3051-94a945.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow-3103-0c2b98.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow-3402-f182c2.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow-3216-c0640e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow-3338-a9e241.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow-3176-23bb09.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zillow-3335-f0b02f.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/new-closing-pic-8ce037.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p><em>Video and photos by <a href="http://www.joshfraner.com/">Josh Franer</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/island-dream-homes-216781/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">8 Dream Homes Serving Up a Slice of Island Life</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/chris-rock-brooklyn-home-215805/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Chris Rock&#8217;s Beautiful Brooklyn Carriage House Is For Sale</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/friends-buying-vacation-home-215440/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">3 Steps to Buying a Vacation Home With Friends</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=UkLBQ8A02UU:qIq-E53T4HQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=UkLBQ8A02UU:qIq-E53T4HQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/caribbean-dream-home-216779/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/caribbean-dream-home-216779/ 2017-06-08 00:16 +00:00 2017-06-08 12:16 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/n43tg5lmna2tqobtnbuw6nlhgnuw4ylf/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/sale-home-spitting-image-dreamt/ topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:places/cambridge structure:money structure:property For sale: the home where Spitting Image was dreamt up Wed, 07 Jun 2017 14:00:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-06-07 14:00 +00:00 2017-06-08 02:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gy4w22dtmiywoz3kn5tde5dlgqzwintl/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/cool-classy-make-conservatory-fashion-forward-room-house/ structure:interiors/furniture topics:things/interiors structure:interiors/diy storytype:standard structure:interiors structure:gardening structure:money topics:organisations/john-lewis structure:property Cool and classy: how to make your conservatory the most fashion-forward room in the house Wed, 07 Jun 2017 05:00:00 Z Emily Brooks 2017-06-07 05:00 +00:00 2017-06-07 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ozrhkn3rhbrxemrunuydc3limjqwq4te/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/beautifully-derelict-one-bed-london-property-market-25m/ topics:things/london-property storytype:standard structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:places/london structure:property 'Beautifully derelict' one-bed London property on the market for £2.5m Wed, 07 Jun 2017 05:00:00 Z Hannah Boland 2017-06-07 05:00 +00:00 2017-06-07 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=215717 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/yl4lRXtPEv8/ Tips & Advice landlords Renting How to Choose a Property Manager for Your Rental Home Happy owners, happy tenants - it all starts with the right property manager. Tue, 06 Jun 2017 22:04:58 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-choose-property-manager-215717/#respond Becca Milfeld <p class="gmail-p1"><span class="gmail-s1">You would never turn your home over to a stranger, so choosing a property manager shouldn&#8217;t be any different - finding one you trust is vital. </span></p> <p class="gmail-p2">"You are entrusting probably one of the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/home-buying-guide/residential-investment-properties/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">biggest investments</a> you'll make into the hands of someone else, so you want to make sure you feel confident that they&#8217;ll handle things the way you want them to," says Grace Langham, CEO of <a href="http://www.nest-dc.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Nest DC</a>, an award-winning boutique property management firm in Washington, D.C.</p> <p class="gmail-p2">Dependability and trustworthiness are two key points all homeowners should keep in mind when assigning their home or condo to the loving care of a third party. But before handing over the keys, consider these six other factors to help you find the right property manager.</p> <h3>Communication</h3> <p class="gmail-p2">With so many players involved - owner, tenant, and manager - communication is critical. Some owners prefer lots of updates, while others want few. Regardless of your desired amount of communication, the quality of it is crucial.</p> <p class="gmail-p2">A property manager's availability and response rate get to the very heart of their job. In your initial contact, look for clues about their speed, courtesy, and availability.</p> <p class="gmail-p2">&#8220;Once signed on, a good manager will do what it takes to keep you in the loop, whether you prefer emails, phone calls, or texts,&#8221; Langham says.</p> <h3>Residents</h3> <p class="gmail-p2">When it comes to renters, a property manager's duty is twofold: Find quality residents, and ensure they are treated fairly.</p> <p class="gmail-p2"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/rental-manager/resources/getting-good-tenants-to-renew/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Happy renters</a> often stay in a residence longer, and are more reasonable when things break. That said, finding good residents requires legwork.</p> <p class="gmail-p2">&#8220;Bad tenants can be one of the most costly things for an owner," says Nathan Miller, president and founder of <a href="https://www.rentecdirect.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Rentec Direct</a>, a property management software company.</p> <p class="gmail-p2">Evictions are expensive, especially when owners are forced to forgo several months' rent, and damage can be costly. That's why running a credit check and performing a background screening for criminal and eviction reports are musts, according to Miller.</p> <h3>Fees</h3> <p class="gmail-p2">Property management fees tend to be fairly standard, Miller says - usually between seven to 15 percent of a month's rent, but most often around 10 percent. Sometimes, a condo may cost slightly less than a stand-alone house because there&#8217;s less home and yard to maintain.</p> <p class="gmail-p2">The owner is also on the hook for maintenance costs, and often pays a finder or leasing fee - up to a full month's rent - when a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/rental-manager/resources/preparing-rental-for-new-tenant/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">new resident moves in</a>  Ask if you will still be charged, even if the unit stands empty.</p> <p class="gmail-p2">Some property managers also charge a lease renewal fee and sometimes tack on a project management fee when dealing with excessive bureaucracy or paperwork, such as insurance claims. Verify the fee structure and services provided before signing any contract.</p> <h3>House visits and other specs</h3> <p class="gmail-p2">When it comes to inspections, a property manager should be proactive. That means taking a peek at your property no less than once (and maybe even twice) a year to ensure that everything is in good shape.</p> <p class="gmail-p2">Such time-consuming tasks mean it's important for a property manager to maintain a reasonable caseload. Miller says his ideal property manager oversees between 500 to 1,000 properties. "Once they get above that size and they're managing many, many thousands of units, you'll lose the personal touch," he says.</p> <p class="gmail-p2">Finally, you want to find a property manager that specializes in a type of unit: single-family homes, apartment complexes, or high-end houses, for example.</p> <h3>Earning potential</h3> <p class="gmail-p2">To maximize a home's earning potential, property managers should know how to deftly market a unit so that it doesn't stay empty long. This includes everything from posting it on well-known rental websites to taking quality photos that <a href="https://www.zillow.com/rental-manager/resources/5-essentials-must-see-listing/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">make it pop</a>.</p> <p class="gmail-p2">Miller says the property manager should also ensure a home is leased at market rent, and analyze that rate semiannually. You want to know you're not being shorted income by <a href="https://www.zillow.com/rental-manager/resources/5-steps-raising-rent/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">charging too little</a>.</p> <h3>Technology</h3> <p class="gmail-p2">Finally, the proper software can indicate that a management firm has what it takes to succeed. "We&#8217;re lucky to be a company that's eight years old,&#8221; Langham says. &#8220;We started with all this technology that's really friendly to the millennial generation, which is a lot of the renter base."</p> <p class="gmail-p2">Collecting rent and submitting maintenance requests via an online interface makes interactions between all parties a breeze, meaning owners and tenants can move on with their busy lives. After all, at the end of the day, that's what having a property manager is all about.</p> <p class="gmail-p2"><em>Get more tips for <a href="https://www.zillow.com/rental-manager/resources/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">managing your rental property</a>. </em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/rental-manager/resources/landlord-101/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Landlording 101: A Rental Management Guide</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/renting-out-your-vacation-home-204821/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">How Renting Out Your Vacation Home Can Land You in Hot Water</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/renting-out-mother-in-law-suite-197236/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Pros and Cons of Renting Out Your Mother-in-Law Apartment</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=yl4lRXtPEv8:z2Rc5npzyEk:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=yl4lRXtPEv8:z2Rc5npzyEk:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-choose-property-manager-215717/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-choose-property-manager-215717/ 2017-06-06 22:04 +00:00 2017-06-07 10:04 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=216849 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/G_OaV3d-ZzE/ Market Trends home buying Renting zillow research Where Renting Pays: In These Markets, Owning Takes a While to Pencil Out It takes more than two years before buying the typical U.S. home makes more financial sense than renting it (but that time frame varies by market). Tue, 06 Jun 2017 19:58:30 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/where-renting-pays-rent-or-own-216849/#respond Skylar Olsen <p>The pressure to buy a house can be intense, particularly in markets where home values are skyrocketing. People appear to be making a mint on real estate, and renting - instead of buying your own home - can sometimes feel like standing still.</p> <p>But that&#8217;s not necessarily the case.</p> <p>It takes more than two years before buying the typical U.S. home makes more financial sense than renting it, when averaging the costs of home buying and renting nationwide, according to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/breakeven-horizon-rent-or-buy-15507/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow&#8217;s Breakeven Horizon</a>. It takes even longer in many areas with sky-high home values.</p> <p><img class="lightbox aligncenter wp-image-216850" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/WhereRentingPays-RND2-01-89f087.png" alt="" width="751" height="374" /></p> <p>In the San Jose, CA metro area, in the heart of Silicon Valley - among the nation's priciest home markets - you&#8217;d have to spend 5.1 years in a house for buying to make more sense than renting. San Francisco has the second-highest breakeven horizon, at 4.9 years, followed by Los Angeles with 4.7 years. The markets of Washington, D.C. and San Diego, both at 4.5 years, round out the list of the five large markets with the longest breakeven horizon.</p> <p>Of course, renting in these areas isn't exactly a bargain: In the San Jose metro, the median rent is $3,460 a month. San Francisco isn't far behind, at $3,354 a month.</p> <p>Still, buying a home in those areas requires enormous upfront costs in the form of a down payment, fees and closing expenses, and they take time to recoup. The 20-percent down payment alone on a home in San Jose or San Francisco, where median home values are $997,600 and $848,400, respectively, easily tops $150,000.</p> <p>It's important to remember that these numbers are just guidelines. Buying a house is an individual decision, with broad personal and financial implications - and no small amount of emotion. Knowing how long, even at the median, it takes for buying to become a financially wiser move than renting can remove one piece of guesswork.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/obama-home-15456/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Does the Obamas&#8217; $8.1M Home Purchase in D.C. Make Financial Sense?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/april-2017-home-values-return-peak-15235/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">A Decade Later, Home Values Return to Bubble-Era Peak</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/some-renters-afford-homes-15013/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Without Spending More, Some Renters Could Likely Afford to Buy Above-Average Homes</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=G_OaV3d-ZzE:ZB2ANDU5M8k:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=G_OaV3d-ZzE:ZB2ANDU5M8k:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/where-renting-pays-rent-or-own-216849/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/where-renting-pays-rent-or-own-216849/ 2017-06-06 19:58 +00:00 2017-06-07 07:58 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=216781 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/Q6Okwrnjy_Y/ Unique Homes beach houses waterfront homes 8 Dream Homes Serving Up a Slice of Island Life From Hawaii to Nantucket, see a few gems currently on the market. Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:18:49 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/island-dream-homes-216781/#respond Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>Island living means coffee on a balcony overlooking the ocean, or al fresco dining after a long day on the sand and the surf. With prime locations, beautiful architecture and idyllic temperatures nearly year-round, it's easy to see why people pay a premium to live on an island.</p> <p>But for those of us who are stuck in the city or suburbs for most of the year: mix up a Mai Tai, put on The Beach Boys and get in the spirit of summer by looking at these 8 exquisite island homes.</p> <h3>Freeland, WA</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1924-Shore-Ave-Freeland-WA-98249/60891548_zpid/">1924 Shore Ave, Freeland, WA</a><br /> For sale: $2.995 million</p> <figure id="attachment_216828" style="width: 900px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1924-Shore-Ave-Freeland-WA-98249/60891548_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-216828 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Freeland-WA-5d413a.jpg" alt="" width="900" height="599" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1924-Shore-Ave-Freeland-WA-98249/60891548_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p>This home on Whidbey island has no shortage of scenic views - with the ability to see Mount Rainier, the Seattle skyline and ocean from the comfort of the living room. Blue shaker siding on the outside of the house, close proximity to the water and elegant interior finishes, like wide-plank wood flooring and charming built-ins, make this an extraordinary and comfortable island home.</p> <p>See more homes for sale in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/freeland-wa/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Freeland</a>.</p> <h3>Nantucket, MA</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/222-Eel-Point-Rd-Nantucket-MA-02554/123647107_zpid/">222 Eel Point Rd, Nantucket, MA</a><br /> For sale: $12.995 million</p> <figure id="attachment_216827" style="width: 900px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/222-Eel-Point-Rd-Nantucket-MA-02554/123647107_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-216827 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Featured-Image-from-Nantucket-MA-listing-c4174f.jpg" alt="" width="900" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/222-Eel-Point-Rd-Nantucket-MA-02554/123647107_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>. </em></figcaption></figure> <p>This Nantucket home takes the classic image of an East Coast beach house and turns it on its head. With clean lines, modern design and the use of solar and geothermal power, this home is anything but cookie cutter. The property spans nearly 5 acres with waterfront access, making it easy to explore the beautiful coastline.</p> <p>Find more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/nantucket-county-ma/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Nantucket</a> homes for sale.</p> <h3>Tybee Island, GA</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3-6TH-Ter-Tybee-Island-GA-31328/14192830_zpid/">3 6th Ter, Tybee Island, GA</a><br /> For sale: $3.175 million</p> <figure id="attachment_216834" style="width: 900px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3-6TH-Ter-Tybee-Island-GA-31328/14192830_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-216834 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Tybee-Island-GA-d4b7fa.jpg" alt="" width="900" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3-6TH-Ter-Tybee-Island-GA-31328/14192830_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p>Located within a few steps of the water, this Tybee Island home has sweeping ocean views and a private walkway down to the beach. Inside, the home is just as exquisite with elegant details such as Spanish ironwork on the front doors, trace ceilings in the master bedroom, an elevator, and an unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean.</p> <p>See more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/tybee-island-ga/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Tybee Island</a>.</p> <h3>Key West, FL</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/311-Elizabeth-St-Key-West-FL-33040/82096612_zpid/">311 Elizabeth St, Key West, FL</a><br /> For sale: $3.95 million</p> <figure id="attachment_216830" style="width: 900px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/311-Elizabeth-St-Key-West-FL-33040/82096612_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-216830 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Key-West-FL-d114dd.jpg" alt="" width="900" height="604" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/311-Elizabeth-St-Key-West-FL-33040/82096612_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>. </em></figcaption></figure> <p>This historic Key West home is a relaxing place to come back to at the end of a long day playing on the beach. With an inviting porch on the first and second floors, a spacious guesthouse, beautiful hardwood floors, a pool in the backyard and 4 total kitchens throughout the house, it's the perfect space to find comfort in paradise.</p> <p>Check out more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/key-west-fl/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Key West</a>.</p> <h3>Johns Island, SC</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/140-Flyway-Dr-Johns-Island-SC-29455/10861784_zpid/">140 Flyway Dr, Johns Island, SC</a><br /> For sale: $11.95 million</p> <figure id="attachment_216788" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/140-Flyway-Dr-Johns-Island-SC-29455/10861784_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-216788 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Johns-Island-SC-c16264.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="555" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/140-Flyway-Dr-Johns-Island-SC-29455/10861784_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</em></figcaption></figure> <p>This unique Southern coastal home has all the hallmarks of a perfect island home: great access to the beach, unbelievable views from the large balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room that let in ample natural light. But, what sets this home apart are its interesting architectural details. This home has many rounded walls, curved windows and a circular foyer that almost make it feel like an observatory deck overlooking the ocean.</p> <p>Check out more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/johns-island-sc/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Johns Island</a> homes.</p> <h3>Lahaina, HI</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/704-Mokuleia-Pl-Lahaina-HI-96761/2121076515_zpid/">704 Mokuleia Pl, Lahaina, HI</a><br /> For sale: $9.4 million</p> <figure id="attachment_216836" style="width: 900px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/704-Mokuleia-Pl-Lahaina-HI-96761/2121076515_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-216836 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Lahaina-HI-b374e0.jpg" alt="" width="900" height="599" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/704-Mokuleia-Pl-Lahaina-HI-96761/2121076515_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a>. </em></figcaption></figure> <p>This Lahaina home is the quintessential picture of island living. Beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean combined with luxurious finishes such as intricately carved kitchen cabinets, paneling in the office and coffered ceilings in the master suite. The home includes over 2 acres of land as well as a pool and spa. It also comes with a private chipping and putting green.</p> <p>Find more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/lahaina-hi/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Lahaina</a> for sale.</p> <h3>Quogue, NY</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/216-Dune-Rd-Quogue-NY-11959/2100255735_zpid/">216 Dune Rd, Quogue, NY</a><br /> For sale: $19.7 million</p> <figure id="attachment_216833" style="width: 900px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/216-Dune-Rd-Quogue-NY-11959/2100255735_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-216833 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Quogue-NY-ba6f84.jpg" alt="" width="900" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/216-Dune-Rd-Quogue-NY-11959/2100255735_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>. </em></figcaption></figure> <p>Nicknamed The Sandcastle, this Quogue home is made for beach royalty. A heated infinity pool overlooking the ocean, wrought-iron staircase railing, box wainscoting and folding glass doors letting in the ocean breeze are just a few of the dreamy details that make up this island home.</p> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/quogue-ny/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Quogue</a> homes for sale.</p> <h3>Hilton Head Island, SC</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/121-Dune-Ln-Hilton-Head-Island-SC-29928/68816055_zpid/">121 Dune Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC</a><br /> For sale: $3.995 million</p> <figure id="attachment_216829" style="width: 900px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/121-Dune-Ln-Hilton-Head-Island-SC-29928/68816055_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-216829 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hilton-Head-Island-SC-cfc42d.jpg" alt="" width="900" height="492" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/121-Dune-Ln-Hilton-Head-Island-SC-29928/68816055_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>. </em></figcaption></figure> <p>Traditional meets modern in this charming island home. Classic Southern details like painted shutters, an apron sink in the kitchen, and dark wood used throughout the home are juxtaposed with a state-of-the-art media room upstairs, creating the perfect beach getaway for the modern family. Enjoy private beach access and beautiful views from the covered porch that's complete with a cozy fireplace.</p> <p>Check out more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/hilton-head-island-sc/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Hilton Head Island</a> listings.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-getaways-216429/">These 7 Tiny Homes Are the Perfect Summer Getaway</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hawaiian-paradise-213521/">Hawaiian Paradise With an Enormous Pool</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-floating-homes-for-sale-212797/">10 Unique Floating Homes for Sale</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Q6Okwrnjy_Y:drC4frpTqko:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Q6Okwrnjy_Y:drC4frpTqko:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/island-dream-homes-216781/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/island-dream-homes-216781/ 2017-06-06 16:18 +00:00 2017-06-07 04:18 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/n5yxam3jgzwtonlcmrugs4jsm5rwc4bt/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/renting/rents-follow-house-prices-show-first-fall-since-2009-crisis/ topics:things/mortgages topics:things/renting-property storytype:standard structure:money/money-top-stories topics:things/income-tax topics:organisations/nationwide-building-society structure:money topics:things/buy-to-let topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market structure:business/economy structure:property Rents follow house prices and show first fall since 2009 crisis Tue, 06 Jun 2017 08:17:53 Z Richard Dyson 2017-06-06 08:17 +00:00 2017-06-06 20:17 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ofstiyrtnfzxe3rygruww2tqgi3dq5lp/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/make-italian-home-pay-vineyards-olive-groves-cookery-classes/ topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:places/italy structure:travel topics:things/countryside topics:things/property-abroad topics:things/wine structure:money structure:property Make your Italian home pay for itself with vineyards, olive groves and cookery classes Tue, 06 Jun 2017 05:00:00 Z Liz Rowlinson 2017-06-06 05:00 +00:00 2017-06-06 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=216765 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/rfQGVq0NF-I/ Tips & Advice First Time Home Buyers home buying Is Buying a 'Starter Home' Still Smart? Your parents' rite of passage may not make sense for you. Mon, 05 Jun 2017 13:00:26 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-starter-home-216765/#respond Brendon DeSimone <p>When the Baby Boomer generation was venturing into adulthood, it was common to buy a &#8220;starter home&#8221; - a modest, small dwelling. As their families grew and careers advanced, they moved into bigger or better homes.</p> <p>Now, many people struggle to come up with the down payment for a first home. They may wonder if it&#8217;s smarter to wait and save more money so they can buy a home that makes more long-term sense, or go the other route, buying a starter home and planning to stay in it for more years.</p> <p>It's a personal, practical and financial decision, but here are some pros and cons of buying a starter home.</p> <h3>Pro: Build stability quicker</h3> <p>Lots of lessons come from homeownership. It exposes you to a new set of decisions and circumstances.</p> <p>One surprise benefit that strikes most people is the stability they feel when they become homeowners. They might feel more grounded, and a part of a larger community.</p> <p>After making a few cosmetic changes to make a home "theirs," many new homeowners find they enjoy nesting at home, having friends over, and enjoying their own space.</p> <h3>Con: Buying twice means moving twice</h3> <p>Think you'll be ready to upgrade in just a few years? It might be more cost-effective to save and stretch for the larger house, so you can stay in it longer.</p> <p>Although <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-rates" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">mortgage rates</a> are low, there are costs associated with buying and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hidden-costs-of-selling-home-215952/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">selling a home</a>: title insurance, inspections, brokerage commission, along with a handful of loan fees.</p> <p>Plus <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/time-saving-packing-hacks-173648/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">packing up and moving</a> twice can be expensive and exhausting. Some prefer to pick one house for the long haul. While staying put and continuing to rent may seem wasteful in the short term, it might be a more strategic move.</p> <h3>Pro: Build equity sooner</h3> <p>Although not the guarantee it was a generation ago, odds are good that when you get into your first home, you can realize some equity. If you can commit to at least five to seven years, there&#8217;s a chance you can come out well ahead.</p> <p>By <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/before-you-sell/investment-to-boost-your-home-value/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">making improvements</a> that add value, you can take the equity you've built and apply it as a down payment on the next home. In essence, the starter home might help you purchase your dream home.</p> <h3>Con: You may spend more than you planned</h3> <p>There are soft costs to home ownership. Property taxes and mortgage payments aren&#8217;t the only expenses to owning. You'll need to furnish your new home, purchase window coverings, and pay for <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/landscaping-tips-curb-appeal-194265/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">landscaping improvements</a>.</p> <p>You&#8217;ll likely want to paint, refinish the floors, or change the carpet before moving in. And, you&#8217;ll surely make mistakes along the way by <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-renovation-team-trust-201009/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">hiring the wrong contractor</a>, making a poor landscaping decision, or mistakenly waiting to install the new AC condenser.</p> <p>Some parts of homeownership are trial and error. It adds up. You might be better off avoiding those expenses by renting and saving for your long-term home.</p> <h3>Pro: Start realizing the tax benefits</h3> <p>When you own a home, the interest portion of your monthly mortgage payment can be written off, dollar for dollar against your income.  If you spend $1,000 per month on mortgage interest, at the end of the year, you can deduct $12,000 off your taxes.</p> <p>When you pay rent, the money goes to your landlord, and that's it. The sooner you own, in theory, the faster you can save some money - perhaps toward your next home.</p> <h3>Con: Homeownership isn&#8217;t a sure thing</h3> <p>The world moves at a faster pace today, and that affects home values. Just a generation ago, people stayed closer to home, got married earlier, stayed married forever, and kept the same job through retirement.</p> <p>Today, people choose to stay single longer, and may even <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/single-first-time-buyers-181748/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">purchase their starter home solo</a>. Divorce rates are higher, the global economy moves people all over the world for work, and we prefer to stay more mobile.</p> <p>That means homeownership may not be part of the equation. What happens if you buy your starter home and then get a job transfer, divorce, or the opportunity of a lifetime to live abroad? You might be stuck being an accidental landlord or selling your home at a loss.</p> <h3>It&#8217;s up to you</h3> <p>If you play your cards right, you can get into the starter home sooner rather than later and make a smart financial decision. If you buy the right first house, are open to building sweat equity, and plan to hang out there for five to seven years, there's a good chance that you'll have made a smart move.</p> <p>This decision will enable you to get into a larger home, in a better neighborhood or school district, or maybe just your dream home.</p> <p>Homeownership is a personal choice, and there is no one path to take. Stick within your comfort zone, and always go with your gut.</p> <p><em>Check out our <a href="https://www.zillow.com/home-buying-guide/start-here/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Home Buyers Guide </a>for more tips and tools.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/mistakes-first-time-buyers-make-208342/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">3 Common Mistakes First-Time Home Buyers Make</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/renters-prepare-to-buy-a-home-167285/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Renters: Are You Ready to Buy a Home?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/single-first-time-buyers-181748/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Who Needs a Spouse to Buy a First House?</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=rfQGVq0NF-I:Xg452zG8H2c:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=rfQGVq0NF-I:Xg452zG8H2c:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-starter-home-216765/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-starter-home-216765/ 2017-06-05 13:00 +00:00 2017-06-06 01:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/m52wyojsmnzgondbmu2wcnbzgzxwqzlp/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/move-waitrose-ivy-new-indicator-house-price-growth/ topics:organisations/estate-agents structure:food-and-drink topics:organisations/cobham storytype:standard topics:organisations/caprice-holdings topics:things/restaurants topics:people/queen-elizabeth-ii structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:places/london topics:places/west-end structure:property Move over, Waitrose: the Ivy is the new indicator of house price growth Mon, 05 Jun 2017 05:00:00 Z Graham Norwood 2017-06-05 05:00 +00:00 2017-06-05 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ozytq2tumrugmylqnvrwkyjsnn2tmzlh/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/want-free-rolls-royce-agents-throwing-six-figure-sweeteners/ topics:things/london-property topics:organisations/estate-agents topics:things/interiors structure:luxury storytype:standard topics:organisations/rolls-royce topics:things/wine topics:things/uk-property topics:things/selling-property structure:money topics:things/buy-to-let topics:things/house-prices structure:lifestyle topics:places/london structure:property topics:in-the-news/brexit topics:things/stamp-duty Want a free Rolls-Royce? Agents are throwing in six-figure sweeteners to sell super-prime property Sun, 04 Jun 2017 05:00:00 Z Harriet Dennys 2017-06-04 05:00 +00:00 2017-06-04 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=216547 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/hDSP-DhnjYw/ Home Improvement DIY gardening How to Attract Birds to Your Yard (Hint: Don't Just Wing It) With a little effort, you can build a swanky bird paradise even your fussiest feathered friend will love. Fri, 02 Jun 2017 18:47:24 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/attracting-birds-to-your-yard-216547/#respond Steve Asbell <p>It takes more than a bird feeder to attract a colorful variety of songbirds to your backyard. Think of your feeder as a drive-thru fast-food joint in an unsafe neighborhood: The birds will stop to eat, but they won't stick around for very long. They want to get home to their comfy nest in an exclusive deciduous broadleaf community, where they can get fancier food anyway.</p> <p>If you want to see more than bird backsides at a millet buffet, you need to give them all the luxuries they've come to expect.</p> <h3>Create a habitat</h3> <p>Birds prefer townhomes to single-level ranch houses. They need perches for preening, thickets for hiding, branches for bickering, wide-open spaces for showing off, and, eventually, a tree cavity where they can nest and paint their nursery a nice robin's-egg blue.</p> <p>Give them privacy by planting walls of foliage. Native shrubs, small trees, and even tall grasses and perennials offer the versatility they need to make a quick escape.</p> <p>Create a ceiling of tall deciduous and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/incorporating-evergreens-186632/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">evergreen trees</a> at the back of your property, and plant small understory trees between them and your house. Selectively <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/pruning-guide-201033/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">prune</a> lower limbs of shrubs and small trees so you can easily see perching birds from your window. They'll appreciate the perch, and you'll appreciate the camera angle.</p> <h3>Grow your own birdseed</h3> <p>Money doesn't grow on trees, but, conveniently enough, birdseed does! It also grows on shrubs, perennials, grasses, annuals, and anything else that qualifies as a plant.</p> <p>To grow the seed that your local bird species prefer, however, choose the native plants that they'd otherwise find in the wild. Native plants vary by region, but some good choices include coneflower, blanketflower, beautyberry, asters, and sunflowers.</p> <p>Attract hummingbirds with nectar-filled trumpet honeysuckle and cardinal flowers. Native oaks, hollies, dogwoods, sumac, cedars, and spruces provide nuts and berries, as well as shelter.</p> <h3>Stage your birdhouse</h3> <p>Research the birds that you'd like to attract, and give them the house that suits their needs. For example, bluebirds like their nesting boxes out in the open, while chickadees like thick leaf cover.</p> <p>Whichever bird you try to attract, keep that nesting box away from human noise and activity so you'll never have to witness the heartbreaking sight of abandoned eggs in an empty nest. Also, keep your cat indoors, if possible. Otherwise, you may find birds not only in your backyard but on your front doorstep, too.</p> <p>If birds haven't moved in yet, be patient. Sometimes all your birdhouse needs is a little lichen, moss, or wear and tear to make it more appealing.</p> <h3>Turn a birdbath into a Jacuzzi</h3> <p>If your birdbath is emptier than a swimming pool in January, there could be a reason. The ideal birdbath doesn't look like you'd expect - it's placed directly on the ground in a shady space with nearby shrubs.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-216760" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_445219507-bdf360.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>Add some gravel to the basin so birds can find their footing, and even add a few rocks on the outside to serve as steps. Include a small pump or fountain, if possible. This turns your birdbath into a miniature <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/outdoor-living/water-features-every-yard/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">water feature</a>, and the circulation keeps the water clean and helps birds cool off on hot days.</p> <h3>Leave the leaf litter</h3> <p>If you&#8217;re looking for an excuse to get out of gardening chores, you'll be pleased to know that you&#8217;re absolutely allowed to keep that accumulation of dead leaves and small branches on your garden's floor. It gives birds everything they could ever ask for - bugs and other small animals for snacking, materials for nesting, and even a hiding place from predators.</p> <p>If things begin to look untidy, just break down the larger branches by hand or with a pair of anvil pruners, and spread everything out evenly. Everyone loves free mulch.</p> <h3>Invest in your feeder</h3> <p>Rather than spending money on multiple feeders that you have to replace year after year, invest in a feeder that's made with quality materials, has a tightly fitting lid, and drains easily. Better yet, purchase a sturdy pole and squirrel baffle before you leave the garden center.</p> <p>Even the best feeder will need maintenance, so give it a thorough cleaning every year, and break up any clogged holes so moisture doesn&#8217;t accumulate. Trust me on this - cleaning out a maggot-infested feeder is something nobody should have to experience in his or her lifetime.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/repotting-plants-208011/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Repotting Plants: Give Them a New Home Sweet Home </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/landscaping-trends-2017-216042/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> 8 Hot Landscaping Trends for 2017</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/dos-donts-summer-landscaping-198942/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> Do&#8217;s and Don&#8217;ts of Summer Landscaping</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=hDSP-DhnjYw:e4WnDjBszng:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=hDSP-DhnjYw:e4WnDjBszng:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/attracting-birds-to-your-yard-216547/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/attracting-birds-to-your-yard-216547/ 2017-06-02 18:47 +00:00 2017-06-03 06:47 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=186726 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/9Y2Y_Un49h4/ Tips & Advice pets Traveling With Pets? Put Their Safety and Comfort First What would the holidays be without your beastie bestie? Check out these travel tips if you're taking your four-legged pal on the road or in the air. Fri, 02 Jun 2017 17:47:37 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-travel-with-pets-186726/#respond Sandy Robins <p>The holidays are a time to gather with friends and family, so it only makes sense that you would take your pets along when you go visiting or adventuring. No celebration would be complete without them, after all.</p> <p>Of course, not all pets can travel, but if yours do, these tips will help you make sure everything goes smoothly from door to door.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Sm0-s49KbeE?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <h3>Shopping guide</h3> <ul> <li>Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed ($180) and Sleepypod Air ($160), <a href="http://sleepypod.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Sleepypod</a></li> <li>Yummy travel bowls (small $30, medium $40), <a href="http://sleepypod.com/yummy" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Sleepypod</a></li> <li>Mission Elevated Double Diner ($30), <a href="http://lovingpetsproducts.com/product-category/dog-bowls/black-label-collection-dog-bowls/mission-elevated-double-diners/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Loving Pets</a></li> <li>Assorted pet foods and treats, <a href="http://www.merrickpetcare.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Merrick Pet Care</a></li> </ul> Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/catios-177480/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">It&#8217;s a Catio, Daddio! A Video Tour Led by the Feline Himself</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/pampered-pups-216411/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Pampered Pups: Home Features Dogs (and Their Owners) Will Love</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/keeping-pets-safe-around-plants-178902/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Keeping Pets Safe Around Plants</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Video shot and edited by Sebastian Sokolowski.</em></p> <p><em>Originally published November 13, 2015.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=9Y2Y_Un49h4:ceugLbP4pCo:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=9Y2Y_Un49h4:ceugLbP4pCo:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-travel-with-pets-186726/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-travel-with-pets-186726/ 2017-06-02 17:47 +00:00 2017-06-03 05:47 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/n5xdk3jtgm3g24btm5tdk4jqmmzgezlp/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/best-washer-dryers/ topics:things/other The best washer dryers Fri, 02 Jun 2017 10:37:57 Z 2017-06-02 10:37 +00:00 2017-06-02 22:37 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=216411 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/3y6HM2BT73Y/ Home Improvement DIY pets Pampered Pups: Home Features Dogs (and Their Owners) Will Love Lucky dog! With these pet-friendly perks, your canine companion will never have to ruff it. Thu, 01 Jun 2017 23:53:30 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/pampered-pups-216411/#respond Cat Overman <p>Every dog owner wants their home to be a safe, entertaining, and happy place for their pet. But the space should also be a clean, well-organized dwelling for the human inhabitants.</p> <p>Here are some handy ideas for boosting your home&#8217;s pet-friendly qualities.</p> <h3>Get it together</h3> <p>Keep all the necessities &#8212; toys, leashes, and treats &#8212; close at hand with this clever DIY customized catch-all.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="375" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QB6oYZ7yDB0?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <h3>Setting up Spot&#8217;s spot</h3> <p>What pooch wouldn&#8217;t want a safe space of her own to curl up for a snooze while her humans are away?</p> <figure id="attachment_216740" style="width: 513px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/rustic-mud-rooms-5460581558/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-216740 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/rustic-mud-room-with-baseboards-and-clerestory-windows-i_g-IStoqt9ufaw7re1000000000-f9jDZ-ad6896.jpg" alt="" width="513" height="768" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/rustic-mud-rooms-5460581558/">CTA Builds</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Lookin&#8217; good</h3> <p>Got a nosy pup? Install Pet Peek and he can keep an eye on the neighborhood from the comfort of his own yard.</p> <figure id="attachment_216737" style="width: 383px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/PetPeek-Fence-Window-for-Pets/dp/B00BHBJPHA" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-216737 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/51jwvWy7YJL-2b84bb.jpg" alt="" width="383" height="500" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Pet Peek, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/PetPeek-Fence-Window-for-Pets/dp/B00BHBJPHA">Amazon, $36</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Eat &#8217;em up</h3> <p>A built-in elevate feeding station keeps food and water dishes from sliding around the floor - and looks tidy, too.</p> <figure id="attachment_216739" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/traditional-mud-rooms-5424174792/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-216739 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/food-aae22c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="528" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/traditional-mud-rooms-5424174792/">Model Remodel</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Squeaky clean</h3> <p>Trips to the groomer are a thing of the past when you have your own washing station at home. Built-in stairs let older dogs get to their bath safely and comfortably.</p> <figure id="attachment_216743" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/traditional-mud-rooms-6442528782/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-216743 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/traditional-mud-room-with-dog-wash-station-i_g-IS1zn4jmej63bq0000000000-loF70-d07a99.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/traditional-mud-rooms-6442528782/">S.J. Janis Company Inc.</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>The ultimate in freedom</h3> <p>Plexidor&#8217;s automatic dog door only opens when it receives a signal from a transmitter on your pet&#8217;s collar - so Buddy can get in, but curious squirrels, raccoons and neighborhood cats can&#8217;t.</p> <figure id="attachment_216738" style="width: 650px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://plexidors.com/product/plexidor-electric/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-216738 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Dog-Enter-1500x1500-a82ba3.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="1134" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><a href="https://plexidors.com/product/plexidor-electric/">Plexidor Pet Doors, $1,785</a></figcaption></figure> <p>And while every dog has his day, some <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/catios-177480/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">cats have it pretty good</a>, too.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/8-million-dollar-doghouse-212121/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">This $8 Million (Dog)House Could Be Yours</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-travel-with-pets-186726/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Traveling With Pets? Put Their Safety and Comfort First</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/party-animals-entertaining-in-a-home-with-pets-196567/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Party Animals: Entertaining in a Home With Pets</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=3y6HM2BT73Y:sjU91F8Havw:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=3y6HM2BT73Y:sjU91F8Havw:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/pampered-pups-216411/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/pampered-pups-216411/ 2017-06-01 23:53 +00:00 2017-06-02 11:53 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=216540 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/I3UfCB79T9w/ Home Improvement decorating Designer Lookbook Designer Lookbook: Jennifer Stoner's Vibrant Family Room Addition Virginia-based designer Jennifer Stoner brilliantly balances neutrals and bold patterns in this airy, lively living space. Thu, 01 Jun 2017 22:43:03 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/jennifer-stoner-family-room-216540/#respond Marissa Hermanson <p>When a growing family wanted a sprawling family room addition constructed on the back of their Glen Allen, VA home, they called on interior designer <a href="http://www.jenniferstonerinteriors.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Jennifer Stoner</a> to make it an attractive and kid-friendly space with the right fabrics and finishes.</p> <p>The homeowners requested bold colors, fun architectural details, a place to tuck their 75-inch flat-screen TV, and plenty of seating.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wateredgeconstruction.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Wateredge Construction</a> built the large gathering room, which included a back entry, small office, and staircase to the second floor. "It was fun because it was an expansive room with 12-foot-high ceilings, which afforded a lot of opportunities," says Stoner.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-216555" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_6753-deb75b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>Walls were kept <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/low-key-color-palettes-193798/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">neutral</a>, painted in Sherwin-Williams' Agreeable Gray to allow the decor and color scheme of blue and orange to shine. Stoner painted the ceiling a soft blue (Sherwin-Williams' Topsail), which ties back to the walls of the home's recently renovated kitchen, then layered fabrics and decor in a contrasting orange for a punch.</p> <p>Airy orange-and-blue patterned draperies, made with <a href="http://www.robertallendesign.com/fabric" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Robert Allen fabric</a>, are paired with orange-striped Roman shades, while pops of orange are sprinkled throughout, from the leather ottoman to throw pillows and tchotchkes. "And my client really wanted the orange barn door," says Stoner.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-216554" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_6699-d2fbdd.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>Stoner worked with Joe Fowkes of Wateredge to develop architectural features, like the fretwork pattern on the banister, pullout storage cabinets tucked under the stairs, and a coffered ceiling pattern that departs from the traditional grid pattern.</p> <p>Under the stairs, they created doors with hidden hinges and pullout shelves. "This provides terrific <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/alternative-storage-any-space-191289/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">hidden storage</a> for the kids&#8217; toys, games, blankets, etc.," says Stoner.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-216558" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Dauschstaircase2500-967a63.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>A large entertainment cabinet in a gray-blue shade complements the sky-blue ceiling, gray banisters, and stone fireplace facade. And the cabinet doors on the unit thoughtfully echo the fretwork pattern on the banister and coffered ceiling.</p> <p>"It was a custom piece that I designed with input from my client," says Stoner. "We wanted something that would stand out more than typical built-ins, and we needed to do something custom to accommodate the 75-inch TV."</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-216557" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DauschEntertainmentcenter2500-09edb1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>"We made a great team - our client, Joe, and me - collaborating and successfully creating a unique space," Stoner notes. "The room has some sophisticated elements, so it&#8217;s a great space to entertain when they have company, but it&#8217;s very kid- and pet-friendly with durable <a href="http://crypton.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Crypton fabrics</a>."</p> <h3>Get the look at home</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Add color to your ceiling. </strong>"It&#8217;s the fifth wall in your room, and the rule that ceilings should be white is long gone," says Stoner. "A soft, subtle blue is always a winner, but don&#8217;t be afraid to go big with a bold color or even wallpaper."</li> <li><strong> Create colorful entryways.</strong> "Paint your interior doors a darker contrast color, and leave your trim white," says Stoner. "This is a fun way to create some architectural depth and interest, and give your home a more custom look."</li> <li><strong> Bring the outdoor fabrics in. </strong>"You can create a beautiful room that will hold up to kids and dogs by incorporating Crypton or outdoor fabrics," says Stoner. "These fabrics have come a long way in terms of available patterns and the feel of the fabrics. They even make outdoor 'velvet' now, which you can clean with bleach after your child drips ice cream on it. We want our rooms to look great, but we want to be able to live in them without having to cover them in plastic, like our grandparents did."</li> </ul> <p><em>Photos by Bryan Chavez</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/elena-frampton-pied-a-terre-216208/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Designer Lookbook: Elena Frampton&#8217;s Sleek Pied-à-Terre</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/closets/effective-storage-ideas/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Subtle Yet Effective Storage Ideas</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/visible-proof-chic-renovation-215834/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Designer Lookbook: Visible Proof&#8217;s Chic Richmond Renovation</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=I3UfCB79T9w:HYvUrNFHt-8:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=I3UfCB79T9w:HYvUrNFHt-8:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/jennifer-stoner-family-room-216540/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/jennifer-stoner-family-room-216540/ 2017-06-01 22:43 +00:00 2017-06-02 10:43 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=216485 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/2lxDoIdlgmM/ Unique Homes beach houses converted homes house of the week tiny homes House of the Week: Tiny Shipping Container, Big Style This home will have you rethinking the size as well as the design of your next purchase. Thu, 01 Jun 2017 20:31:23 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/shipping-container-on-the-beach-216485/#respond Alycia Lucio <p>With only 320 square feet of living space, this <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house,condo,apartment_duplex,mobile,townhouse_type/2094960972_zpid/34.062828,-77.824316,33.97205,-77.978125_rect/12_zm/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Carolina Beach house</a> isn&#8217;t like others on the street. Set back on a peaceful wooded lot just three blocks from the beach, the tiny home is stirring up a lot of buzz. But, it&#8217;s not just the size everyone is talking about.</p> <p>Two years ago, builders turned an average shipping container into this recycled, ocean-blue residence. Why? Because the owner wanted a home with less impact on the environment.</p> <p>Listing agent Diana Jewell refers to it as &#8220;a modern, minimalist tiny beach home&#8221; or, more simply, a &#8220;cool surf shack.&#8221;</p> <p>Currently on the market with <a href="http://www.century21.com/property/305-south-carolina-ave-carolina-beach-nc-28428-C2180037418" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Century 21</a> for $250,000, the home features 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and decks off the living room and kitchen.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/south-carolina-305-photo12-ca91b6.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/south-carolina-305-photo11-620eb2.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/south-carolina-305-photo16-bf9378.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/south-carolina-305-photo18-2172d7.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/south-carolina-305-photo22-69f75e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/south-carolina-305-photo24-5d3147.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/south-carolina-305-photo6-da4f83.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/south-carolina-305-photo8-c24a29.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/south-carolina-305-photo26-d3bbbc.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/south-carolina-305-photo28-8b5c53.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/south-carolina-305-photo2-60b3fb.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/south-carolina-305-photo5-eab938.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/south-carolina-305-photo4-e68eb1.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p><em>Photos by <a href="http://cfredonline.com/">Cape Fear Real Estate Directory</a>.</em></p> <p>The shipping container isn&#8217;t the house&#8217;s only recycled characteristic. The home is also furnished with mahogany wood floors that were salvaged and refinished.</p> <p>&#8220;Paperstone (recycled paper) countertops were used in the bathroom and kitchen,&#8221; Jewell explains, meaning this tiny home makes an even smaller environmental footprint than you might expect.</p> <p>Although the space is well, mini, a large effort went into creating a comfortable and spacious interior.</p> <p>&#8220;Neutral finishings make it appear to look larger and brighter,&#8221; Jewell says, and huge glass doors and windows were thoughtfully placed around the home.</p> <p>&#8220;Also, bump-outs were built in the living room and bathroom to maximize those spaces,&#8221; she adds.</p> <p>This tiny container home shows that you don&#8217;t need much to live with style.</p> <p>&#8220;It has all the features and amenities necessary to live comfortably,&#8221; Jewell says.</p> <p><em>Top photo by Harry Taylor.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-getaways-216429/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">These 7 Tiny Homes Are the Perfect Summer Getaway</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-annoying-things-buyers-do-152693/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5 Ways Home Buyers Make Their Agent&#8217;s Job Harder</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/renters-prepare-to-buy-a-home-167285/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Renters: Are You Ready to Buy a Home?</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=2lxDoIdlgmM:lt5HG0zLtLo:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=2lxDoIdlgmM:lt5HG0zLtLo:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/shipping-container-on-the-beach-216485/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/shipping-container-on-the-beach-216485/ 2017-06-01 20:31 +00:00 2017-06-02 08:31 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=216622 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/8RUYf1WbbV8/ Celebrity Real Estate Barack Obama Michelle Obama Politicans presidents Barack and Michelle Obama Buy $8.1M D.C. Home The former first family plans to stay in the nation's capital. Thu, 01 Jun 2017 14:57:46 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/barack-michelle-obama-buy-dc-home-216622/#respond Satinder Haer <p>After Barack Obama&#8217;s presidential term ended, there was a lot of speculation about whether the Obama family would move back to Chicago, stay in Washington D.C. or head somewhere entirely new. The uncertainty about where they&#8217;d land was further fueled by their decision to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/kalorama-trump-bezos-obama-210278/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">rent in ritzy D.C. neighborhood Kalorama</a>.</p> <p>It now looks like the Obamas have decided to stay - not just in D.C., but in the very Kalorama home they&#8217;ve been renting. In a statement quoted by <a href="http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/obama-buys-d-c-home-keeping-house-in-chicago/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Chicago Sun-Times</a>, Kevin Lewis, an Obama spokesperson, explained, &#8220;Given that President and Mrs. Obama will be in Washington for at least another two and a half years, it made sense for them to buy a home rather than continuing to rent property.&#8221;</p> <p>Two and a half years is presumably a reference to when the youngest Obama, Sasha, will graduate high school (she attends D.C.&#8217;s prestigious Sidwell Friends School).</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="7"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"></div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/1GucvRNNAL/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">President Obama, the First Lady, Malia, Sasha, with Bo and Sunny in the Rose Garden on Easter Sunday.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by Pete Souza (archived) (@petesouza44) on <time style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;" datetime="2015-04-05T19:32:14+00:00">Apr 5, 2015 at 12:32pm PDT</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script><br /> The Obamas&#8217; next few years in D.C. will certainly be spent in style. The $8.1-million Tudor-style home, renovated in 2011, contains 9 bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms, a cozy sitting/reading room, and expansive formal gardens.</p> <p>Inside the front door, guests are greeted by a dramatic black-and-white checked tile floor and a staircase that leads up to the second story. The dramatic details stop there, transitioning to more muted but sophisticated decor: light hardwood flooring, pale grey walls, and crisp white crown and base molding.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/RS_4016201223174-04bfe3-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="672" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/RS_4016201223192-eb9e50-1024x672.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/RS_4016201223216-2fc165-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/RS_4016201223208-081e0f-1024x682.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/RS_4016201223199-d25868-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/RS_4016201223182-265507-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/RS_4016201223284-f99be1-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/RS_4019201211014-c30b03-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p>In the kitchen, grey-and-white marble countertops pair with tall white cabinetry and state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances. Sunlight pours into the room through the tall Gothic door connecting the kitchen and dining room.</p> <p>For more dramatic fair - fitting for a family that loves to entertain - the formal dining room features a hardwood ceiling, which serves as a surprising juxtaposition against the more traditional flooring, as well as a wall of black French doors leading to a gated courtyard.</p> <p>Throughout the home, classic Tudor features, like wainscoting, built-in bookshelves, and casement windows with a diamond grille pattern, add to the home&#8217;s stately sophistication</p> <p>With the Obama family named the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/celebrity-neighbor-survey-2016-209621/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">most desirable celebrity neighbors of 2017</a>, those hoping to score an invite to backyard barbecues better start looking for <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Kalorama-Washington-DC/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">homes in Kalorama</a> now.</p> <p><em>Photos courtesy of Mark McFadden of <a href="http://www.McFadden-Group.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">McFadden Group/Washington Fine Properties.</a></em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/kylie-jenner-35m-mansion-216041/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Kylie Jenner's Rent is More Than Most Americans' Annual Salary</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/robert-downey-jr-buys-in-malibu-216549/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Robert Downey Jr. Picks Up His Second Home This Month</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/yolanda-hadid-la-home-215966/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">'Real Housewife' Yolanda Hadid's L.A. Home Sells for $4.995M</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=8RUYf1WbbV8:R-dzp2TWTJs:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=8RUYf1WbbV8:R-dzp2TWTJs:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/barack-michelle-obama-buy-dc-home-216622/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/barack-michelle-obama-buy-dc-home-216622/ 2017-06-01 14:57 +00:00 2017-06-02 02:57 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=216631 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/6_l69zbQogQ/ Home Improvement Market Trends decorating Home selling painting zillow research Homes With Blue Bathrooms Sell for $5,440 More Than Expected For-sale listings with cool, neutral wall colors sell for more money, according to Zillow analysis. Thu, 01 Jun 2017 12:00:28 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/blue-kitchens-sell-for-more-216631/#respond Alexa Fiander <p>A fresh coat of paint in the right color may help sell a home for more money.</p> <p>Homes with rooms painted in shades of light blue or pale blue/gray can sell for as much as $5,440 more than expected, according to a new Zillow report.</p> <p>Zillow's 2017 Paint Color Analysis looked at more than 32,000 photos from sold homes around the country to see how certain paint colors impacted their sale price on average, when compared to similar homes with white walls.</p> <p>Curious what colors may help you sell your home for more? See below for the full results of the 2017 Paint Color Analysis.</p> <h3>Blue kitchens</h3> <p>Homes with blue kitchens, often found in soft gray-blue, sold for a $1,809 premium.</p> <figure id="attachment_216640" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/traditional-kitchens-5670274961/"><img class="wp-image-216640" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/kitchen-3a75ea.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/traditional-kitchens-5670274961/">Sunrise Building</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Light blue bathrooms</h3> <p>Homes with light pale blue to soft periwinkle blue bathrooms sold for $5,440 more than expected.</p> <figure id="attachment_216635" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-216635 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/8-1281b0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="640" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Brian Kellogg courtesy of <a href="http://kerriekelly.com/portfolio/">Kerrie Kelly Design Lab</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Brown living rooms</h3> <p>Turns out homes with light beige, pale taupe or oatmeal-colored living room walls sell for $1,926 more than expected.</p> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/cottage-living-rooms-7394911760/"><img class="size-full wp-image-216648" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/living-room-7fa209.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a></p> <p>Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/cottage-living-rooms-7394911760/">Engler Studio</a></p> <h3>Cadet blue bedrooms</h3> <p>Homes with light cerulean to cadet blue bedroom wall colors can come with a $1,856 premium.</p> <figure id="attachment_216645" style="width: 508px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/cottage-kids-bedrooms-7436675353/"><img class="wp-image-216645 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/kids-room-272f50.jpg" alt="" width="508" height="768" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/cottage-kids-bedrooms-7436675353/">D2 Interieurs</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Slate blue dining rooms</h3> <p>Homes with slate blue to pale gray blue dining rooms also sold for more money - $1,926 more on average than homes with white dining room wall colors.</p> <figure id="attachment_216642" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-dining-rooms-8869090299/"><img class="wp-image-216642 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Dining-room-256bc4.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="571" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-dining-rooms-8869090299/">Ballard Designs</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>&#8220;Greige&#8221; home exteriors</h3> <p>A home's exterior color may also have an impact on its sale price. Homes painted in "greige," a mix of light gray and beige, sold for $3,496 more than similar homes painted in a medium brown or with tan stucco.</p> <figure id="attachment_216644" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2305-Ashwood-Ave-Nashville-TN-37212/41131292_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-216644 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/exterior-36f649.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="538" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2305-Ashwood-Ave-Nashville-TN-37212/41131292_zpid/">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Navy blue front doors</h3> <p>For a pop of color, homes with front doors painted in shades of dark navy blue to slate gray sold for $1,514 more.</p> <figure id="attachment_216643" style="width: 500px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/modern-front-doors-5285939337/"><img class="wp-image-216643" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/door-64c1f4.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="766" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/modern-front-doors-5285939337/">Klopf Architecture</a></figcaption></figure> <p>Selecting the right paint color is one of many factors that may affect why a home sells faster or for more money. Walls painted in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/low-key-color-palettes-193798/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">cool neutrals like blue or gray</a> have broad appeal, and may be signals that the home is well cared for or has other desirable features.</p> <p>Some colors may actually deter buyers. Homes with darker, more style-specific walls like terracotta dining rooms sold for $2,031 less than expected. However, a lack of color may have the biggest negative impact as homes with white bathrooms sold for an average of $4,035 below similar homes. Zillow&#8217;s full report can be found <a href="http://zillow.mediaroom.com/2017-06-01-Homes-with-Blue-Bathrooms-Sell-for-5-400-More-than-Expected">here</a>.</p> <p>Sellers can also consult Zillow's <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellerlanding/claimyourhome/">Owners Dashboard</a> to see in real time how their listing is performing compared to similar ones on the market.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/color-quiz-design-instincts-215363/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Color Quiz: Test Your Design Instincts</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/diy/how-to-paint-a-room-2/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">How to Paint a Room</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/before-you-sell/investment-to-boost-your-home-value/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Best Home Improvement Investments</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=6_l69zbQogQ:YjOU_ri1RsA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=6_l69zbQogQ:YjOU_ri1RsA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/blue-kitchens-sell-for-more-216631/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/blue-kitchens-sell-for-more-216631/ 2017-06-01 12:00 +00:00 2017-06-02 00:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mfsdcyzwgrqtq2tomrzg23ljni4ti4tb/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/house-prices-show-longest-sustained-fall-since-2009-crash/ topics:things/mortgages topics:things/buying-property structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard structure:money/money-top-stories topics:things/selling-property structure:money topics:things/house-prices structure:property House prices show longest sustained fall since 2009 crash Thu, 01 Jun 2017 06:55:49 Z Richard Dyson 2017-06-01 06:55 +00:00 2017-06-01 18:55 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=216409 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/EtbCipgnugI/ Home Improvement Appliances budget Fixtures remodeling Pro Tips for Making the Most of Your Kitchen Remodeling Budget Two experts weigh in on how to put your money where it counts. Wed, 31 May 2017 16:48:20 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/kitchen-remodeling-budget-216409/#respond Jill Krasny <p>A high-end kitchen remodel could easily drain your wallet. The nationwide average for a major kitchen remodel - replacing all appliances, installing a sink and faucet, and repainting walls - is $62,158, <a href="http://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/major-kitchen-remodel?y=2017" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">according to Remodeling magazine</a>. And in cities like New York, those costs edge even higher.</p> <p>A modest kitchen remodel, in which the cabinets are left in place, is $20,830 on average, and that's not even accounting for labor delays or electrical issues from outdated wiring, which is common in kitchens.</p> <p>Fortunately, there are ways to keep costs down without going batty. Here, two renowned interior designers share their tips for renovating a kitchen.</p> <h3>Consider how long you'll be in the home</h3> <p>"Do you plan to be there two to three years, which means reselling is very important? Or do you plan to be there five to 10 years?" says Elena Frampton, creative director at <a href="http://www.framptonco.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Frampton Co</a> in Manhattan. "That makes a difference in terms of design direction."</p> <p>If reselling is a factor, focus on basic, clean cabinetry and new <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-new-kitchen-appliances-193049/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">appliances</a>. If you're staying longer, it's about personalizing the space.</p> <figure id="attachment_216438" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1066-E-Markea-Ave-Salt-Lake-City-UT-84102/12754002_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-216438" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/kitchen1-d0cdf7.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1066-E-Markea-Ave-Salt-Lake-City-UT-84102/12754002_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Evaluate the layout</h3> <p>&#8220;Ask yourself if you want your kitchen to be open or closed," Frampton says. The answer will determine not only the kitchen's layout, but also how it interacts with adjacent spaces.</p> <figure id="attachment_216442" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1568-La-Vista-Del-Oceano-Santa-Barbara-CA-93109/96060934_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-216442" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/kitchen5-5229ea.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="540" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1568-La-Vista-Del-Oceano-Santa-Barbara-CA-93109/96060934_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Factor in pantry space</h3> <p>Homeowners forget this frequently used storage space all too often. Frampton recommends including it in your plans.</p> <figure id="attachment_216439" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/128-Winding-Way-Ross-CA-94957/19273020_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-216439" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/kitchen3-913247.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="532" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/128-Winding-Way-Ross-CA-94957/19273020_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Choose cabinets wisely</h3> <p>When remodeling a kitchen, you really need to understand how you live, how you cook, and how you like to organize things. "Know what you prefer and not necessarily what the marketplace is offering as a standard," Frampton says. After all, the kitchen has to be functional.</p> <p>If you're annoyed by setting the toaster on top of the microwave every time you finish using it, you may want an appliance garage to keep gadgets and gizmos more accessible. "Focus on how it works for you," Frampton adds.</p> <figure id="attachment_216443" style="width: 801px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/251-Missouri-St-San-Francisco-CA-94107/2101028916_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-216443" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/kitchen6-d144e6.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/251-Missouri-St-San-Francisco-CA-94107/2101028916_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Forget name-brand appliances</h3> <p>Concentrate instead on getting the right dimensions for the space, and appliances that fit how you live. "Looking at those practical elements is really important if you're on a budget," Frampton adds.</p> <figure id="attachment_216448" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/28823-Redondo-Shores-Dr-S-Des-Moines-WA-98198/48674918_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-216448" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/kitchen10-fadc55.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="582" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/28823-Redondo-Shores-Dr-S-Des-Moines-WA-98198/48674918_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Buy a counter-depth refrigerator</h3> <p>&#8220;A space-saving unit that barely protrudes past the edge of your countertop is a worthwhile investment,&#8221; says Michael Tower, architect and partner at <a href="http://www.studiotractor.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Studio Tractor</a> in Brooklyn. "I hate fridges that are so deep that they take up a lot of your footprint. You're always bumping into them."</p> <figure id="attachment_216441" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6856-49th-Ave-NE-Seattle-WA-98115/49110693_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-216441" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/kitchen4-273e36.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6856-49th-Ave-NE-Seattle-WA-98115/49110693_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Select the right countertop material</h3> <p>"Countertop trends change year to year, so understand your tolerance for each material&#8217;s character," Frampton advises. "Do you want something that's aesthetically quiet, something dark, something light with grout lines, or something without grout? Can you live with the patina of natural stone? Or do you need some sort of man-made conglomerate material?"</p> <figure id="attachment_216440" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/128-Winding-Way-Ross-CA-94957/19273020_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-216440" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/kitchen2-9541fd.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="532" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/128-Winding-Way-Ross-CA-94957/19273020_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Avoid cheap hardware</h3> <p>"You want your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/diy/paint-kitchen-cabinets/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">cabinets</a> to last a long time," says Tower. "You open and close them how many thousand times a week?" Splurge on durable materials that look good and will last.</p> <figure id="attachment_216444" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8124-NE-Juanita-Dr-Kirkland-WA-98034/84758306_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-216444" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/kitchen7-61fec2.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8124-NE-Juanita-Dr-Kirkland-WA-98034/84758306_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Save on lighting</h3> <p>While quality lighting is important from a functional perspective, Tower says, "From an investment point of view, it's not a big deal any longer."</p> <p>Most standard cabinets feature some kind of LED underlighting. And when it comes to decorative fixtures, there are plenty of options to choose from at flea markets or resale design sites like <a href="https://www.chairish.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Chairish</a>. Just be sure to measure your finds before swiping your credit card.</p> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/502-Marvista-Dr-Solana-Beach-CA-92075/16726613_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-216446" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/kitchen8-d84ad2.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a></p> <p>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/502-Marvista-Dr-Solana-Beach-CA-92075/16726613_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a></p> <p><em>Ready to remodel? Get more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/kitchens/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">kitchen design inspiration</a> on Zillow Digs.</em></p> <p><em>T</em><em>op photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1404-Riverview-Rd-Chattanooga-TN-37405/41414591_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a></em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/kitchens/diy-kitchen-makeover/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> A (Mostly) DIY Kitchen Makeover for Under $5,000</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-renovation-team-trust-201009/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">How to Build a Home Renovation Team You Can Trust</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/high-price-home-improvements-199539/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Balancing Home Improvements With Big Price Tags</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=EtbCipgnugI:ed52KFa0qio:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=EtbCipgnugI:ed52KFa0qio:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/kitchen-remodeling-budget-216409/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/kitchen-remodeling-budget-216409/ 2017-05-31 16:48 +00:00 2017-06-01 04:48 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=177080 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/v_cKvBFpoSg/ Tips & Advice credit Personal Finance Building Credit 101: Tips for Recent Grads Your diploma represents a vital step on the road to success. Next up: establishing a good credit history. Wed, 31 May 2017 16:24:58 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-credit-for-grads-177080/#respond Vera Gibbons <p>If you&#8217;re a recent college grad, you've likely heard speeches about pursuing your passions and believing in yourself, but you probably haven&#8217;t heard much about establishing a good credit history. Here's what you need to know.</p> <h3>It matters - a lot</h3> <p>Qualifying for mortgages, auto loans, apartments and even jobs has become dependent, to some degree, on your credit history.</p> <h3>Find out where you stand</h3> <p>The first step is knowing your current status. Access your credit report by visiting <a href="https://www.annualcreditreport.com/index.action" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Annual Credit Report.com</a>. Make sure all the information on the report is accurate, because errors can - and do - occur. Damaging discrepancies need to be corrected right away.</p> <h3>Build a credit history</h3> <p>Your credit history is one of the key factors making up your credit score, the all-important three-digit number that determines the rates you pay on everything from credit cards to mortgages to auto insurance.</p> <p>The best time to build a credit history is when you're young, and the best way to start a credit history is to get a credit card. This may sound counterintuitive, but if you don't have a credit card, the scoring system has no information to go on for assessing your creditworthiness, so you come across as a credit risk.</p> <h3>Research credit card options</h3> <p>While many of the major issuers offer cards geared toward new applicants with little or no credit history, you might stand a better chance of getting a card at a credit union. Size up your card options on a site such as <a href="http://www.lowcards.com/limited-or-no-credit-history" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">LowCards.com</a>.</p> <p>Gas cards and department store cards are also typically easy to get and can be a good place to start if your options are limited.</p> <p>Another possibility - especially if you don't have any credit history or your credit is damaged - is to get a secured card. These cards work just like a regular credit card, except that you place a security deposit with the credit card issuer to obtain one. They typically require $200 or more for the deposit, and this amount becomes the credit line for the account.</p> <h3>Use credit responsibly</h3> <p>The way to keep your credit score high is to spend responsibly within your means. Don&#8217;t use more than 30 percent of your available credit, and pay off your balances in full and on time every month. Your payment history contributes to 35 percent of your credit score, so this point is important.</p> <h3>Chip away at student loans</h3> <p>Student loans are a form of debt, and are therefore taken into account as part of your credit score. And while you may be worried about a lender seeing all of this debt (likely tens of thousands of dollars), there's no need to be concerned if you&#8217;re handling your finances properly. Just be sure you&#8217;re managing your debt obligations and repaying them on time, every time.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/what-really-influences-your-credit-score-127550/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">What Really Influences Your Credit Score?</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/tips-for-renting-with-bad-credit-84933/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Tips for Renting With Bad Credit</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/protect-your-credit-during-move-151154/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">How to Protect Your Credit Score During a Move</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 May 29, 2015.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=v_cKvBFpoSg:4NJi_v-nR0o:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=v_cKvBFpoSg:4NJi_v-nR0o:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-credit-for-grads-177080/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-credit-for-grads-177080/ 2017-05-31 16:24 +00:00 2017-06-01 04:24 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gbsdmmtvnvrxg3dlnbtwwyrzm5wxc2de/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/sisters-retired-women-built-community/ storytype:standard topics:things/retirement topics:things/planning structure:money topics:places/london topics:things/elder-health structure:property Sisters are doing it for themselves: the retired women who built their own community Wed, 31 May 2017 05:00:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-05-31 05:00 +00:00 2017-05-31 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=216549 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/zNsi_tzAsIE/ Celebrity Real Estate Actors Malibu mid-century modern Robert Downey Jr. Robert Downey Jr. Picks Up His Second Home This Month The 'Iron Man' star's latest acquisition is a quite reasonable $3.8 million. Tue, 30 May 2017 22:54:00 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/robert-downey-jr-buys-in-malibu-216549/#respond Satinder Haer <p>Despite four decades in Hollywood, the &#8220;Avengers&#8221; star isn&#8217;t any closer to slowing down. If anything, Robert Downey Jr. is busier than ever. He&#8217;s got one movie in post-production (&#8220;Spider Man: Homecoming&#8221;), &#8220;The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle&#8221; in pre-production, is currently filming another &#8220;Avengers&#8221; movie, and <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000375/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">has announced two other films</a>.</p> <p>Somehow he&#8217;s still making the time to pick up new homes &#8212; one on each coast. Less than two weeks ago, it was <a href="https://hamptons.curbed.com/2017/5/18/15657280/robert-downey-jr-windmill-cottage-east-hampton" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">reported</a> that the actor purchased a windmill cottage in East Hampton. This time it&#8217;s a $3.8-million Malibu manse.</p> <p>Perched on a sunny cliff, the 3,384-square-foot residence offers sweeping water views from many rooms. In the living room, retractable glass walls flood the huge space with light, and make it feel seamlessly integrated with the outdoor terrace. The kitchen boasts an eight-burner stove, two sinks and a separate wine fridge.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISewpd9cmgokql1000000000-de8fb7-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISqtzc568rxhrl1000000000-e90ab7-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISyz1pnccz5frl1000000000-d1a8f6-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS2rtv1lg38h3l1000000000-7d0779-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS66416jg7ecrl1000000000-b19cae-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-564869-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISahvo4tzahnrl1000000000-a4443c-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISqdjdqs9szsql1000000000-d14730-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISinx0nz3jpkrl1000000000-6b8a75-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISyjlp8zd08qql1000000000-bd608a-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISe83cighdinsl1000000000-dddc51-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISyfio2qay34sl1000000000-5ef587-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISmyool9nmsvrl1000000000-b90ddd-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISu4r04gru0trl1000000000-030953-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS2btcmmv29qrl1000000000-4a83c4-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISesmc33jekyrl1000000000-9a6013-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS62100ad5aqsl1000000000-435f17-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISi3e02d2in9sl1000000000-956560-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISmulnf0kko9tl1000000000-4d0c12-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISme5o0nllqksl1000000000-29513d-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS27qbgds054tl1000000000-43423e-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS2vcd79x3b1rl1000000000-bc5c72-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISmaadc3p0mf6m1000000000-04c8cc-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS2r9c10u17fsl1000000000-ccc45e-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p style="text-align: left;"><em>Photos from Zillow listing</em></p> <p>The 3-bed, 3-bath mid-century modern home is actually quite modest for such a big star. It still has an enviable view of Malibu Lagoon and a backyard with all the celebrity fixings &#8212; a pool, a hot tub, a fire pit, an entertaining area and even a putting green &#8212; but it&#8217;s a far cry from many of the other homes he is rumored to own.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/kylie-jenner-35m-mansion-216041/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Kylie Jenner's Rent is More Than Most Americans' Annual Salary</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/yolanda-hadid-la-home-215966/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">'Real Housewife' Yolanda Hadid's L.A. Home Sells for $4.995M</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/stunning-views-in-socal-215880/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">House of the Week: Sharp Lines and Stunning Views in SoCal</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=zNsi_tzAsIE:ERyiTDE01W8:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=zNsi_tzAsIE:ERyiTDE01W8:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/robert-downey-jr-buys-in-malibu-216549/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/robert-downey-jr-buys-in-malibu-216549/ 2017-05-30 22:54 +00:00 2017-05-31 10:54 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=216459 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/tIK-qeflxo4/ Tips & Advice Personal Finance Can You Save Money by Bundling Home Services? Learn how to navigate the deals and come out on top. Tue, 30 May 2017 19:50:16 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/bundling-home-services-216459/#respond Becca Milfeld <p>Why pay full price for something if you can get what you want, plus another item, at a discount? This is called bundling, and researchers have been studying the pros and cons of it for decades.</p> <p>Although many consumers think of bundling as a modern concept - it&#8217;s often used to combine TV, internet, and phone services, for example - the practice has been around for years in a variety of forms.</p> <p>As a homeowner or renter, navigating the benefits and pitfalls of bundling household services means using a little common sense and a bit of economic reasoning. It also requires being aware of when and how products are bundled.</p> <h3>What is bundling?</h3> <p>Everything from fast-food combo meals to items in a two-for-one deal could be considered bundled, especially if sold at a lower price than the separate parts.</p> <p>For households, bundling might mean purchasing home and car <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/faqs-buying-home-insurance-201302/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">insurance</a> together at a slightly lower rate - the average American, for example, saves 16 percent when bundling the two policies, according to the latest data from <a href="https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2FInsuranceQuotes.com&amp;data=02%7C01%7Ccato%40zillow.com%7Cb425a7c57c334b91921e08d4a17a6356%7C033464830d1840e7a5883784ac50e16f%7C0%7C0%7C636310994411936559&amp;sdata=Bx4aDtuM7cWn9E9Us%2F893KgpmBf6E0m8IhyodxrmL5Y%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"><span class="m1174453242110112101gmail-s2"><span style="color: blue;">InsuranceQuotes.com</span></span></a>.</p> <p>The possibilities for bundling household services abound, according to Andrew Schrage, co-owner of <a href="http://www.moneycrashers.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Money Crashers Personal Finance</a>: "You might find someone on Craigslist who can help with electrical, plumbing, and air-conditioning/heating needs. You&#8217;ll likely get a discount, because you&#8217;ll be bringing that person more work."</p> <h3>Mixed versus pure bundling</h3> <p>There are several types of bundling, each with varying levels of consumer benefit, according to George John, a professor at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. As a homeowner, you&#8217;ll most likely encounter these two types:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Mixed bundling. </strong>The consumer chooses between separate items or a bundle. The pieces will likely be more expensive individually, but the consumer has the option to buy just one piece.</li> <li><strong>Pure bundling.</strong> Occurs when the seller offers only a bundle and no individual pieces. This would happen, for example, if a town has only one <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-choose-a-moving-company-171437/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">moving service</a>, which requires clients to buy its cardboard boxes.</li> </ul> <p>In such a scenario, consumers are worse off, because the seller increases its profit by requiring such a deal. The company can get away with it "because they have a very strong market position," John says.</p> <h3>Understanding your needs is key</h3> <p>Why are so many services offered in bundles? "This is somewhat controversial, but it turns out that companies make more money when they offer you discounts on those bundles, because consumers get tempted into buying it," John says.</p> <p>To win at the bundling game, keep your needs in mind, and stay strong in the face of alluring deals. Bundles are a true victory for consumers only if they genuinely need all parts included in it.</p> <p>When consumers fail to shop around for the other items in the bundle and go for the packaged deal instead, they often walk away with products they don't want or need - and sometimes pick up lesser-quality goods along the way.</p> <p>Finally, the touted time-saving advantage of combining bills, which service providers sometimes use as a selling point, may not economize that much time, especially if a consumer would be signing up for automatic bill payments anyway.</p> <p>Service providers "want to take your attention away from the fact that it's actually a price move. They want to tell you that you're getting a better experience if you bundle," John says.</p> <h3>Client-controlled bundling</h3> <p>Consumers triumph when they control what&#8217;s in the bundle. Have a nanny who you pay a little extra to make dinner each night? That's a bundle. &#8220;It&#8217;s totally a good deal, because you know the benefit that comes from having the same person watch your child and cook for you. You've made the judgment," John says.</p> <p>At the end of the day, discipline is key. Saying no to unnecessary items, looking for other options instead of pure bundling, and refusing to be duped by false benefits will ensure you win the bundling game.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-is-a-home-warranty-and-do-you-need-one-128610/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> What Is a Home Warranty, and Do You Need One?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/should-i-buy-down-my-rate-213670/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Should I Buy Down My Rate After 2017 Fed Rate Hikes?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/ask-potential-mortgage-lenders-211724/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5 Questions to Ask Potential Mortgage Lenders</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=tIK-qeflxo4:AdW0E__nJOc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=tIK-qeflxo4:AdW0E__nJOc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/bundling-home-services-216459/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/bundling-home-services-216459/ 2017-05-30 19:50 +00:00 2017-05-31 07:50 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=140343 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/ZcLZdSyld04/ Tips & Advice Best of 2016 home buying Home selling Mortgages What Do Buyers and Sellers Pay in Closing Costs? Usually, the buyer faces more line-item expenses, but the seller pays the commission. Tue, 30 May 2017 18:30:01 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/who-pays-closing-costs-140343/#comments Brendon DeSimone <p>Rarely does a buyer or seller show up to the closing without knowing exactly what their costs of sale will be.</p> <p>In fact, based on the mortgage loan amount of the purchase/sale price, it's not hard to ballpark either side's <a href="http://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/closing-costs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">closing costs</a>. Before you get too far along in the process, ask your <a href="http://www.zillow.com/agent-finder" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">real estate agent</a> or mortgage professional for an estimate.</p> <p>Once you have a real, live deal with a closing date, you should be able to know your costs pretty close to the penny.</p> <p>If you're new to real estate or haven't bought or sold in a while, here's what you need to know about closing costs.</p> <h3>Buyers have a higher number of costs</h3> <p>In a closing, both buyers and sellers have costs. Usually, the buyer is faced with more line-item expenses than the seller (although sellers pay more).</p> <p>For starters, most buyers are getting loans to make the purchase, and many of the charges stem from the loan.</p> <p>A buyer should receive a <a href="http://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/tila-respa-disclosures-trid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">loan estimate form</a> early on in the sale process. <a href="http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201311_cfpb_kbyo_loan-estimate.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">This document</a> spells out all the approximate costs the buyer will face when making the purchase, so there aren't any surprises at closing. Some buyers use the information on the loan estimate form to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/home-loans/#/landing" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">shop for different lenders</a>, <a href="http://www.zillow.com/mortgage-rates/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">interest rates</a> and costs.</p> <p>Typically, buyers getting a loan will see some of the following costs:</p> <table style="height: 145px; width: 470px;"> <tbody> <tr style="height: 156.7px;"> <td style="width: 255.2px; height: 156.7px;"> <ul> <li>Appraisal fee</li> <li>Origination fee</li> <li>Prepaid interest</li> <li>Prepaid insurance</li> <li>Flood certification fee</li> <li>Tax servicing fee</li> </ul> </td> <td style="width: 234.8px; height: 156.7px;"> <ul> <li>Credit report fee</li> <li>Bank processing fee</li> <li>Recording fee</li> <li>Notary fee</li> <li>Title insurance</li> </ul> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 2px;"> <td style="width: 255.2px; height: 2px;"></td> <td style="width: 234.8px; height: 2px;"></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Be sure to go through these fees line by line with your mortgage professional to understand exactly what they are and how they apply to your loan.</p> <p>Aside from the expenses of getting a loan or buying a home, some expenses, such as property taxes or homeowners association dues, are pro-rated and paid at the time of closing. For example, if you're buying a home and you close toward the end of the property tax period, you'll likely need to pay the balance of taxes upfront.</p> <p>The same holds true for prepaid loan interest. If you close toward the end of the month, the lender may ask for the first month's payment up front.</p> <h3>Negotiate sharing some of the costs</h3> <p>Coming up with an extra one to two percent toward closing costs can be a bigger deal than a $5,000 reduction in the purchase price, so ask the seller to pick up some of the closing costs as a part of the negotiation.</p> <p>Credit for $5,000 to go toward closing costs will be a much greater bang for the buyer&#8217;s buck. The price reduction won't amount to much more than a few dollars per month over the length of the home loan. But saving $5,000 at the closing will be money right back in the buyer's pocket.</p> <h3>Sellers pay the commission</h3> <p>For sellers, there are always fewer line items on an estimated closing statement. But the seller generally bears the biggest brunt of the fees: the real estate commission.</p> <p>The commission is based on a percentage of the total sale price, so it tends to be the biggest fee. In addition to the real estate commission, sellers may have to pay the balance of their property taxes, if they haven't done so already, as well as any prorated homeowners association dues.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/keep-closing-process-moving-179305/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">How to Keep Your Closing Process Moving</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/4-most-important-mortgage-documents-167755/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The 4 Most Important Mortgage Documents You&#8217;ll Sign</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/closing-costs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">What Are Closing Costs and How Much Are They Typically?</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 December 6, 2013.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ZcLZdSyld04:TA7-mk9pgAQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ZcLZdSyld04:TA7-mk9pgAQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/who-pays-closing-costs-140343/feed/ 15 https://www.zillow.com/blog/who-pays-closing-costs-140343/ 2017-05-30 18:30 +00:00 2017-05-31 06:30 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=216429 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/bIISffCz18k/ Unique Homes beach houses Cape Cod modern second homes tiny homes vacation homes waterfront homes These 7 Tiny Homes Are the Perfect Summer Getaway Less than 600 square feet and vacation-worthy? Look no further. Tue, 30 May 2017 18:29:15 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-getaways-216429/#respond Alycia Lucio <p>Whether you&#8217;re looking for a secret hideaway in the woods or a quaint cottage on the beach, finding a tiny home away from home is easier than you think. From lakefront settings to desert mountain views, these homes will have you thinking small while living large.</p> <p>Each house offers a unique design that makes the most of an intimate space. Imagine entertaining on a spacious deck or sleeping atop a loft. You can easily keep belongings out of view by tucking them into one of the many built-in nooks or compartments.</p> <h3>Narragansett, RI</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/16-Frances-Ave-Narragansett-RI-02882/2102319018_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">16 Frances Ave, Narragansett, RI</a><br /> For sale: $359,900</p> <figure id="attachment_216471" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/16-Frances-Ave-Narragansett-RI-02882/2102319018_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-216471 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Narragansett-RI-223954.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/16-Frances-Ave-Narragansett-RI-02882/2102319018_zpid/" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>This 2-bedroom, 1-bath seaside cottage is walking distance to the beach. At just 576 square feet, the tiny home includes a full-kitchen and in-unit laundry. It also features a spacious backyard with a deck and outdoor shower.</p> <p>Explore more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/narragansett-ri/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Narragansett</a> homes.</p> <h3>Lampe, MO</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/186-Sioux-Ln-R-Lampe-MO-65681/2096215104_zpid/">186 Sioux Ln # R, Lampe, MO</a><br /> For sale: $46,900</p> <figure id="attachment_216470" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/186-Sioux-Ln-R-Lampe-MO-65681/2096215104_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-216470 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Lampe-MO-63682c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/186-Sioux-Ln-R-Lampe-MO-65681/2096215104_zpid/" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Don&#8217;t let 500 square feet fool you. This 2-bedroom, 1-bath home has the capacity to sleep eight - and offers two decks. Fully-furnished, the A-frame features a winding metal staircase right off the kitchen.</p> <p>Discover more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/lampe-mo/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Lampe</a>.</p> <h3>Austin, TX</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6118-Atwood-St-Austin-TX-78741/29461182_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">6118 Atwood St, Austin, TX</a><br /> For sale: $329,000</p> <figure id="attachment_216468" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6118-Atwood-St-Austin-TX-78741/29461182_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-216468 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Austin-TX-fcb682.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6118-Atwood-St-Austin-TX-78741/29461182_zpid/" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Floor-to-ceiling windows, glass doors and exposed beams add an open, airy feel to this 572-square-foot home. With a backyard pergola and dutch doors, this luxuriously-designed dwelling is the perfect summer escape.</p> <p>Find more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/austin-tx/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Austin</a> homes.</p> <h3></h3> <h3>South Lake Tahoe, CA</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2111-Sugar-Pine-Rd-South-Lake-Tahoe-CA-96150/18570460_zpid/">2111 Sugar Pine Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA</a><br /> For sale: $699,000</p> <figure id="attachment_216473" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2111-Sugar-Pine-Rd-South-Lake-Tahoe-CA-96150/18570460_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-216473 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Walkerton-IN-4e1c99.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2111-Sugar-Pine-Rd-South-Lake-Tahoe-CA-96150/18570460_zpid/" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Tucked between tall pines, this 1-bedroom loft provides enchanting views of Lake Tahoe from the deck. Measuring 420 square feet, the home features pine walls and an open-beam ceiling. You&#8217;re just a short walk from the lake, where you can access the beach and a shared pier.</p> <p>View more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/south-lake-tahoe-ca/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">South Lake Tahoe</a> homes.</p> <h3>Walkerton, IN</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/11974-E-South-Ave-Walkerton-IN-46574/85713281_zpid/">11974 E South Ave, Walkerton, IN</a><br /> For sale: $189,900</p> <figure id="attachment_216472" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/11974-E-South-Ave-Walkerton-IN-46574/85713281_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-216472 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/South-Lake-Tahoe-CA-2c1b41.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="532" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/11974-E-South-Ave-Walkerton-IN-46574/85713281_zpid/" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Located right on the edge of Koontz Lake, this 520-square-foot bungalow is the ultimate summer retreat. Enjoy the view from the screened-in porch, or walk right out onto the dock. This property also includes a 1-car garage and 2 bunk rooms for extra sleeping space.</p> <p>See more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/walkerton-in/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Walkerton</a>.</p> <h3>Apache Junction, AZ</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5561-N-Gold-Dr-Apache-Junction-AZ-85120/8663953_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5561 N Gold Dr, Apache Junction, AZ</a><br /> For sale: $265,000</p> <figure id="attachment_216467" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5561-N-Gold-Dr-Apache-Junction-AZ-85120/8663953_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-216467 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Apache-Junction-AZ-48bab7.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5561-N-Gold-Dr-Apache-Junction-AZ-85120/8663953_zpid/" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Live luxuriously in this 1-bedroom, 1-bath desert escape. Set on 1.5 acres against the backdrop of Tonto National Forest, this modern home makes a 529-square-foot space look huge. Secret nooks and large open windows flank the walls, while an outdoor staircase leads to a spacious rooftop deck.</p> <p>Spot more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/apache-junction-az/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Apache Junction</a> homes.</p> <h3>Eastsound, WA</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/276-Elderberry-Ln-Eastsound-WA-98245/61006381_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">276 Elderberry Ln, Eastsound, WA</a><br /> For sale: $425,000</p> <figure id="attachment_216469" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/276-Elderberry-Ln-Eastsound-WA-98245/61006381_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-216469 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Eastsound-WA-9161d2.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="532" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/276-Elderberry-Ln-Eastsound-WA-98245/61006381_zpid/" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>This rustic cabin is perched on a grassy knoll on Orcas Island. The 373-square-foot space is decorated with pastel hues and natural wood, boasting a clawfoot tub, loft and window-seat bed.</p> <p>Locate more homes in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/eastsound-wa/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Eastsound</a>.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/friends-buying-vacation-home-215440/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">3 Steps to Buying a Vacation Home With Friends</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/renters-prepare-to-buy-a-home-167285/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Renters: Are You Ready to Buy a Home?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-annoying-things-buyers-do-152693/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5 Ways Home Buyers Make Their Agent&#8217;s Job Harder</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=bIISffCz18k:ml5QaQyP6uM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=bIISffCz18k:ml5QaQyP6uM:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-getaways-216429/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-getaways-216429/ 2017-05-30 18:29 +00:00 2017-05-31 06:29 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/obqwcodbgfttsy3kmy2hkzdmozrwy3tq/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/go-big-go-home-supersize-patterns-make-work/ topics:things/interiors storytype:standard structure:money topics:places/london structure:property Go big or go home: how to supersize patterns and make them work Tue, 30 May 2017 05:00:00 Z Emily Brooks 2017-05-30 05:00 +00:00 2017-05-30 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mi2gcnzwnnrdgyjxnzthi2lkhbugi4rx/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/push-boat-berth-yacht-mediterranean-fraction-price/ topics:things/yachts topics:places/monaco storytype:standard topics:places/italy topics:things/property-abroad topics:places/spain topics:events/cannes-film-festival topics:places/europe structure:money topics:places/lebanon topics:places/turkey topics:places/montenegro structure:property Push the boat out: where to berth your yacht in the Mediterranean for a fraction of the price Mon, 29 May 2017 05:00:00 Z Liz Rowlinson 2017-05-29 05:00 +00:00 2017-05-29 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=152693 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/Uo9cQEAxpes/ Tips & Advice home buying real estate agents 5 Ways Home Buyers Make Their Agent's Job Harder Not only do these behaviors ruin your agent's day, but they can ultimately work against you, too. Fri, 26 May 2017 17:19:14 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-annoying-things-buyers-do-152693/#comments Brendon DeSimone <p>Buying a home can be a long and challenging process. It's a big, expensive and infrequent transaction that can cause lots of stress and anxiety.</p> <p>Some buyers take years to complete a purchase, and they require a lot of hand-holding and make lots of requests. Others are more self-sufficient, and only bring in the agent from time to time.</p> <p>Good real estate agents can accommodate any buyer at any time - as they should. We&#8217;re in the service business, and I always say the customer is always right.</p> <p>But let's face it: All buyers (and all agents) are not created equal, and since buyers don't pay for the agent's time, there can sometimes be a disconnect.</p> <p>Here are five buyer behaviors that can make life tough for agents.</p> <h3>Planning a (secret) price swap</h3> <p>It&#8217;s one thing for a buyer to ask a seller for a credit if the final home inspection uncovers a problem. But after you have a deal, planning to negotiate the price down without telling your agent is a big no-no. It adds stress and ill will among all parties involved, during what could already be a difficult transaction.</p> <p>It's better to be upfront about your intentions. If the deal is not meant to be, it&#8217;s better to not go down the path at all.</p> <h3>Making unjustified lowball offers</h3> <p>The seller's property is on the market for $400,000, and it's worth close to that, based on <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/what-are-comps-179631/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">recent comparable sales</a>. And yet, a potential buyer offers $300,000 and won't budge on the price.</p> <p>It's not because the home is grossly overpriced or there's something seriously wrong with it, but simply because the buyer wants a bargain.</p> <p>Unjustified lowball offers can be a waste of time for everyone involved. The seller isn't going to swallow $100,000 for no reason, even if the property has been on the market a while.</p> <p>In fact, a lowball offer will likely just help the listing agent get a small price reduction, thus opening the window of opportunity to another buyer.</p> <p>It's certainly okay to offer less than the asking price, but be realistic.</p> <h3>Requiring too much during the showing</h3> <p>It's typical for a potential buyer to view a property during an open house, then ask for a private showing - even two or three times. That's par for the course.</p> <p>However, it's frustrating when a buyer arrives to a showing with a designer, architect, contractor or just some friends, then spends an hour or two at the home checking out and measuring each room. This is counterproductive, particularly if you do it at one home after another and never make an offer.</p> <p>Some buyers have even been known to bring their psychic, who, after making a big splash with tarot cards and numerology charts, declares that the property has "negative energy" and isn't a good fit, mainly based on the numbers in the property address. Did the psychic really need to see the property in person to figure that out?</p> <p>Buyers typically give themselves an opportunity to gauge their own reactions to a property before bringing in friends, family or hired consultants. To go over a home inch-by-inch on the first or second visit is often a waste of everyone's time.</p> <h3>Demanding loads of attention early on</h3> <p>Some people are just beginning to think about buying a home. That's fine; buyers have to start somewhere.</p> <p>Unfortunately, sometimes buyers are a year or two away from being ready to pull the trigger, yet they make a lot of demands on the agent's time.</p> <p>Asking an agent to research city building permits on a house just because you're curious - and even though the property doesn't fit your requirements - is probably not a fair request.</p> <p>Agents can't be as effective with their active clients if they're spending lots of time researching tax records or city permits for clients who are years away from being ready to purchase.</p> <h3>Changing your mind repeatedly</h3> <p>It's fine to shift course based on what you learn during the home shopping process. This is a common part of the buyer evolution process.</p> <p>Many buyers set out for X but end up with Y after learning the market and seeing where their dollar goes. By the time you&#8217;re ready to start making offers and moving in the direction of acquiring a home, you will be laser focused.</p> <p>But if you find yourself moving around and you&#8217;re uncertain about the object of your search, it's possible you just aren't ready to buy. That's fine. Take your time and learn the market.</p> <p>The home-buying process is a journey, and <a href="http://www.zillow.com/agent-finder" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a good local agent</a>, brought in at the right time, can add so much value. Be mindful that agents work for free until a buyer or seller closes. Agents should be <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/be-thankful-for-real-estate-agent-187080/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">leveraged as a huge resource</a> - when the right time comes.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/buyers-agents-each-others-backs-198056/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Why Home Buyers and Agents Need to Have Each Other&#8217;s Backs</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/right-time-to-buy-or-sell-home-198898/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Predicting the &#8216;Right Time&#8217; to Buy or Sell a Home</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/avoid-home-buyers-remorse-120913/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Avoiding Home Buyer&#8217;s Remorse</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published May 23, 2014.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Uo9cQEAxpes:Kpvipoegi84:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Uo9cQEAxpes:Kpvipoegi84:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-annoying-things-buyers-do-152693/feed/ 19 https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-annoying-things-buyers-do-152693/ 2017-05-26 17:19 +00:00 2017-05-27 05:19 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=216208 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/ih3b66fdli0/ Home Improvement decorating Designer Lookbook Upper East Side Designer Lookbook: Elena Frampton's Sleek Pied-à-Terre Manhattan designer Elena Frampton brightens a small space with sophisticated palettes and structural elements. Thu, 25 May 2017 18:18:39 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/elena-frampton-pied-a-terre-216208/#respond Jill Krasny <p>Manhattan interior designer <a href="http://www.framptonco.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Elena Frampton</a> prides herself on striking a balance, be it with color, texture, or the eccentric design details she likes to refer to as "moments."</p> <p>For a Westchester County couple who purchased a pied-à-terre in the tony enclave of Sutton Place, Frampton&#8217;s mission was to "create a sense of spaciousness" from the kitchen that extends to the bedroom.</p> <h3>A lighter, brighter kitchen</h3> <p>No stranger to gut <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/spectacular-renovations-197692/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">renovations</a>, Frampton eagerly tore down the kitchen wall to "create an elegant space that would be open," she says. Then she added an island that serves as a dining room sideboard.</p> <p>Ceiling-high cabinets in a medium oak were selected for their "cleaner geometry," Frampton continues, while sky-blue tiles were chosen for color. "I love bringing color and texture into a kitchen," she says.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-216227" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2014_10_21-Frampton-Co-56430X-c81621.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="594" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-216226" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2014_10_21-Frampton-Co-56411X-710cc3.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="598" /></p> <p>A square column that leads to the living room was rounded to make it more of a "sculptural element," Frampton says, rather than something obtrusive. "When we encounter something that appears to be a conflict, we ask, 'What can we do to make it something interesting and appealing?'"</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-216222" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2014_10_21-Frampton-Co-56788X-87f1a7.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1065" /></p> <p>In the same vein, Frampton selected a variety of eye-catching light fixtures. "I love bringing personality to spaces with sculptural, interesting items," she says, noting the surface-mount fixture and chandelier, both in the kitchen, that were made in the &#8217;60s and &#8217;70s.</p> <p>"It's really about having fixtures and finishes that are elegant and suitable for an open living environment."</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-216229" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2014_10_21-Frampton-Co-56472X-8eefdb.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1067" /></p> <h3>Spacious tricks for open living spaces</h3> <p>Mixing materials was also important when it came to the textiles. A brown leather couch makes a statement in a living room defined by beiges and grays, while a chunky knit blanket adds a touch of whimsy to an otherwise serene master bedroom.</p> <p>"It doesn't feel too beige, and it doesn't feel too gray," Frampton says of the bedroom's palette, which is enhanced by art from <a href="http://www.searspeyton.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Sears-Peyton Gallery</a> in Chelsea, New York. The light on the nightstand is from <a href="https://orangefurniture.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Orange</a> in Los Angeles.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-216214" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2014_10_21-Frampton-Co-56596XX-f37fdc.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="622" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-216213" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2014_10_21-Frampton-Co-56586X-6f9ad9.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="597" /></p> <p>For Frampton, the biggest challenge was creating a sense of spaciousness in an apartment that felt closed off. "The windows are not large," she says, "and the ceiling height is the standard eight feet."</p> <p>To get around the problem, she used several <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/use-wall-sconces-in-every-room-198063/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">wall-mounted lights</a>, which take up little space, and painted the ceilings a shade lighter than the walls. "It makes rooms feel larger," she notes.</p> <p>Back in the living room, a tinted mirror with an architectural frame was added to reflect the stunning view of the 59th Street Bridge outside.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-216221" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2014_10_21-Frampton-Co-56774X-df4f9a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="606" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-216218" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2014_10_21-Frampton-Co-56713XX-f3bdcb.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1035" /></p> <p>Frampton also took risks where she could afford them, as evidenced by a fur-covered bench in the bedroom. Going back to the idea of balance, she says, "It's more about calibrating choices than tempering all of them." In other words, she carefully chose what she wanted to stand out.</p> <p>"If art is your thing, or whatever it is that gives you joy, that's the area to take risks," she says. "It's not about whether it's trendy or if your friends like it. What are the things that bring you joy?"</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-216211" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2014_10_21-Frampton-Co-56506XXXX-4a8c90.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="597" /></p> <h3>Get the look at home</h3> <p>Follow Frampton's tips to get a tailored look in your own home.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Choose your moment.</strong> "Here, we decided to go vintage with light fixtures, but it could also be hardware or dining chairs," Frampton says. "Pick a moment, and find the right thing to focus on.&#8221;</li> <li><strong>Vary the palette.</strong> To make the bedroom's beige walls feel more of the moment, Frampton says, "We brought in art, and the art brings a lot to the story." It's also helpful to layer beiges and grays for a balance of warm and cool effects. "Mixing brings some complexity to the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/color-palettes-mid-century-modern-171154/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">palette</a>, even though it's neutral."</li> <li><strong>Always test the paint colors.</strong> "We test paint colors on-site to look at them in different lighting conditions," Frampton says. She also likes to sample "four or five neutrals on a wall."</li> <li><strong>Go a shade lighter on the ceiling.</strong> "We do our ceilings in the same shade as the walls, but one hue lighter so it all looks the same," Frampton says. "A ceiling inherently has shadows, so going one shade lighter makes it look uniform."</li> </ul> <p><em>Photos by Joshua McHugh</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/visible-proof-chic-renovation-215834/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Designer Lookbook: Visible Proof&#8217;s Chic Richmond Renovation</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/low-key-color-palettes-193798/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">3 Color Palettes for a Sophisticated Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/designer-ryan-white-los-feliz-213980/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Designer Lookbook: Ryan White&#8217;s Los Feliz Modern Makeover<br /> </a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ih3b66fdli0:pa1Lva2h9Jg:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ih3b66fdli0:pa1Lva2h9Jg:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/elena-frampton-pied-a-terre-216208/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/elena-frampton-pied-a-terre-216208/ 2017-05-25 18:18 +00:00 2017-05-26 06:18 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=216343 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/TbdOXoStKSE/ Unique Homes house of the week most expensive homes unique homes House of the Week: $100 Million Mansion Stocked With 177 Bottles of Bubbly It also boasts Beverly Hills' largest indoor pool. Thu, 25 May 2017 16:26:49 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/mansion-on-billionaires-row-216343/#respond Lindsay Cohen <p>Put this one on the holiday wish list now.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You might have to beg, borrow, and steal to come up with $100 million dollars to afford <a href="http://www.opusbeverlyhills.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">this 7-bedroom, 11-bathroom Los Angeles mansion</a> (or give up 20 million $5 lattes - trust us, we did the math), but once you do, you might not have to think of much else.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-216357" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Opus9-aa466b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="449" /></span></p> <p>In addition to coming fully furnished with designer touches (Roberto Cavalli flooring, Fratelli Longhi doors in suede and leather), the home includes a gold Rolls-Royce, a gold Lamborghini and a private concierge for two years.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-216347" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1175Hillcrest_13-5e4b22.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>It's part of a trend of high-end homes hitting the market with bells and whistles already included, said real estate agent Drew Fenton.</p> <p>"More buyers are wanting turnkey homes that come with extras, such as the art and car collection," Fenton said. "Time is money - and to accumulate, let's say, an art collection or car collection, takes lots of time."</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-216354" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1175Hillcrest_63A-85ef32.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>The 20,500-square-foot mansion is perched above L.A. in a neighborhood dubbed &#8220;Billionaires&#8217; Row,&#8221; because it is home to a number of high net-worth individuals.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The house offers views of downtown and the Pacific Ocean. A walkway is suspended above Beverly Hills' largest indoor pool, Fenton notes, with a 20-foot-high glass waterfall.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-216358" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Opus10-4341f9.jpg" alt="" width="676" height="700" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Motorized sliding doors open up to the deck, outdoor pool and vista.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-216349" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1175Hillcrest_29-e5fe39.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>There's a $2 million dollar art collection at the ready, along with a Champagne vault (177 bottles of Cristal are already stocked).</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-216356 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Opus8-acb7fb.jpg" alt="" width="683" height="700" /></p> <p>The house also has a 15-person home theater, and a so-called car museum with space to display 10 vehicles.</p> <p>The developer is Nile Niami, who also produced movies such as "The Patriot.&#8221; His next project is a $500 million dollar mansion in Bel Air, which will include a "jellyfish room" - a space to relax as jellyfish swim around you.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="http://drewfenton.com/properties/1175-n-hillcrest-road-beverly-hills-ca-90210-0/7170" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Drew Fenton with Hilton &amp; Hyland</a> holds the listing.</span></p> <p><em>Photos courtesy <a href="http://jimbartsch.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Jim Bartsch</a></em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/yolanda-hadid-la-home-215966/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">&#8216;Real Housewife&#8217; Yolanda Hadid&#8217;s L.A. Home Sells for $4.995M</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/friends-buying-vacation-home-215440/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">3 Steps to Buying a Vacation Home With Friends</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/kylie-jenner-35m-mansion-216041/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Kylie Jenner&#8217;s Rent Is More Than Most Americans&#8217; Annual Salary</a> <p class="p1"> </li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=TbdOXoStKSE:mB1F6_VYrws:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=TbdOXoStKSE:mB1F6_VYrws:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/mansion-on-billionaires-row-216343/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/mansion-on-billionaires-row-216343/ 2017-05-25 16:26 +00:00 2017-05-26 04:26 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=215660 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/I0ZSlW7BNR0/ Tips & Advice Seniors Keeping Your Elderly Loved One Safe at Home While You Travel Help your loved one rest, relax, and recharge - even when you're the one going on vacation. Wed, 24 May 2017 20:17:04 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/elderly-safe-home-travel-215660/#respond Tracy Layden <p>Caregiving for a loved one is a full-time job. And like any full-time job, you need vacation days to relax and rejuvenate - except caregiving doesn't come with a team to cover for you while you're gone.</p> <p>If you want to actually relax during your getaway, some careful scheduling and home updates will prevent worrying about the quality of your loved one's care.</p> <h3>Find someone to help</h3> <p>As the primary caregiver for your loved one, you need someone to cover both your caregiving and homeowner&#8217;s responsibilities while you're gone.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Hire a professional caregiver. </strong>Professional caregivers help with a variety of duties. They can live with your loved one 24/7, stay during the day, or just visit for a few hours, depending on the need.</li> <li><strong>Turn to family, friends, or neighbors.</strong> If you have siblings, ask them to cover for you. You can also <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-to-know-neighbors-182407/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">ask members of your community</a> to take care of your home and do household tasks that your loved one can't do.</li> <li><strong>Find a skilled nurse.</strong> Does your loved one need special medical help? Have a certified nurse step in to fill your shoes. Nurses are licensed and trained to provide care for complicated medical issues.</li> <li><strong>Look into assisted living. </strong>Many assisted living communities offer short-term stays for patients. Just be sure to plan ahead - these communities often need advance notice to make accommodations.</li> </ul> <h3>Prepare your home</h3> <p>Don't make your temporary caregiver figure things out alone. <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-organization-tips-seniors-204672/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Prep your home</a> so everything is easily accessible. While you're at it, get some home technology that will keep you in the loop.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Gather important information.</strong> Gather all the necessary paperwork, medical records, and emergency contacts your loved one might need. Tape the documents to the refrigerator, within easy reach.</li> <li><strong>Prepare meals. </strong>Whether you hire a full-time caregiver or not, prepping meals ahead of time makes it easier for your loved one to eat properly. Package meals in the fridge or freezer with clear labels and instructions.</li> <li><strong>Do the laundry. </strong>Ensure that your loved one will have enough clean socks and underwear while you're gone. Lay out clothing for the week, or hang outfits grouped together and clearly labeled in the closet.</li> <li><strong>Install a home security system. </strong>A smart system lets you view alerts and even security camera feeds remotely from your smartphone.</li> <li><strong>Get a medical alert.</strong> A medical alert will help your loved one contact emergency services at the press of a button. You can also receive a call if anything happens.</li> </ul> <h3>Set the social calendar</h3> <p>Your loved one is used to having you around, so make your absence easier with some careful schedule planning. Post a calendar in an obvious place so your loved one always knows what the next thing is on the to-do list.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Overlap the transition. </strong>If possible, have your temporary caregiver start while you're still around. It will help the caregiver understand how you do things, and it will help your loved one get to know them.</li> <li><strong>Make a social calendar. </strong>From doctor's visits to social events, put everything in the calendar. Hang a large, visual calendar for easy reference, and mark the date you return.</li> <li><strong>Write down the daily schedule.</strong> Is your loved one used to a certain daily routine? Let the temporary caregiver know. Map out a typical day for the caregiver to have as a reference.</li> <li><strong>Plan something fun.</strong> Ask your loved one if there&#8217;s <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-home-for-hobbies-retire-213648/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">anything special</a> they'd like to do while you're gone or once you get back. You want them to have something to look forward to during your absence.</li> <li><strong>Reassure your loved one. </strong>Listen to their worries and concerns before you leave. Let your loved one know that the only thing that will change while you're gone is your presence. Make sure they understand that you're coming back.</li> </ul> <h3>Rest and renew</h3> <p>Taking a vacation shouldn't make you feel guilty. Take time to care for yourself, and you&#8217;ll be a better caregiver. With everything settled before you leave, you'll enjoy your vacation knowing that your loved one is well taken care of.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/safety-tools-for-seniors-190521/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">7 Safety Upgrades and Tech Tools for Seniors Living Alone</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-tips-when-visiting-grandma-207458/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Visiting Grandma? Make Your Stay Easy for Her</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/prepare-home-elderly-relative-193585/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> How to Prepare Your Home for an Elderly Relative</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=I0ZSlW7BNR0:gchhGCPJlsQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=I0ZSlW7BNR0:gchhGCPJlsQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/elderly-safe-home-travel-215660/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/elderly-safe-home-travel-215660/ 2017-05-24 20:17 +00:00 2017-05-25 08:17 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=216121 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/ZEJuMxmm2uU/ Unique Homes Designers Zaha Hadid 5 Futuristic Buildings by a Postmodern Architect You Need to Know Hint: She was the first woman to ever receive the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize. Wed, 24 May 2017 13:00:24 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/zaha-hadid-residential-designs-216121/#respond Satinder Haer <figure id="attachment_216338" style="width: 148px" style="float:left; margin: 0 15px 15px 0;"><img class="wp-image-216338" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Zaha-Hadid-by-Mary-McCartney-670d9c-680x1024.jpg" alt="" width="148" height="223" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Mary McCartney</figcaption></figure> <p>If you&#8217;ve paid any attention to architecture in the past couple of decades, you already know the name Zaha Hadid.</p> <p>The late Iraqi-born London resident&#8217;s buildings &#8212; residential, commercial, hotels, retail &#8212; can be found all over the world. While Hadid began her career teaching architecture at prestigious institutions, she quickly rose to fame for her designs.</p> <p>Over her extremely successful 30-year career, Hadid designed numerous iconic buildings, contributed theoretical and academic work to the field of architecture, and received some of the highest accolades, including becoming the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize.</p> <p>Check out these five <a href="http://www.zaha-hadid.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> buildings we love.</p> <h3>1000 Museum, Miami Beach</h3> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Across-the-Bay-9fb9f1.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="559" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Street-730449.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="457" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Rooftop-Pool-460f51.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="449" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Harbor-34572b.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Morning-fe118c.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Evening-50dd59.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p>Located on Biscayne Boulevard, opposite Museum Park, this 66-story tower will house 83 residences described as &#8220;super luxury.&#8221; A duplex penthouse will occupy the top two residential floors, with an aquatic center and sky lounge above them, and a rooftop helicopter landing pad topping it all off. The views of Biscayne Bay will likely be unbelievable from all floors of the wavy structure.</p> <h3>520 West 28th Street, New York</h3> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="627" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/01_Exterior-from-High-Line-a2db77-1024x627.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="819" height="1024" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/03_Facade-Detail-e061a6-819x1024.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="576" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/04_Unit-20-Kitchen-377ff7-1024x576.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="576" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/05_Unit-29-Bedroom-bdd03e-1024x576.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="576" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/06_Unit-37-Bedroom-f169ce-1024x576.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/07_Unit-37-Stair-d7d9db-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p>Overlooking the High Line in Manhattan, this 11-story development features 39 luxury condos that range in price from $4.95 million to $50 million. "I've always been fascinated by the High Line and its possibilities for the city,&#8221; Hadid once explained. &#8220;Decades ago, I used to visit the galleries in the area and consider how to build along the route. It&#8217;s very exciting to be building there now. The design engages with the city while concepts of fluid spatial flow create a dynamic new living environment."</p> <h3>d&#8217;Leedon, Singapore</h3> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="760" height="700" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ZH_DLeedon_Singapore_-HuftonCrow_032-8c9762.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/dleedon-11-2b7844.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="754" height="700" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/dleedon-9-bf4b0b.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="687" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/dleedon-12-111a00.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="688" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/dleedon-2-8e0c9b.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="583" height="700" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ZH_DLeedon_Singapore_-HuftonCrow_001-78930e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="732" height="700" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ZH_DLeedon_Singapore_-HuftonCrow_012-52cba3.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p>Public and private spaces come together in this unique Hadid design located in the center of Singapore&#8217;s District 10. The d&#8217;Leedon is comprised of seven residential towers and 12 semi-detached villas with a resort-like communal space in the center, including a pool. Each tower tapers inward as it reaches the ground, creating a funky visual effect, while a petal-shaped layout ensures that each unit will have at least three sides with windows to maximize natural light.</p> <h3>33-35 Hoxton Square, London</h3> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1115_Hoxton-Square-2-974720-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1115_Hoxton-Square-3-b30565-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1115_Hoxton-Square-4-e88b04-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1115_Hoxton-Square-5-768e68-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1115_Hoxton-Square-1-f8df95-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p>This prism-inspired design is being constructed from sandblasted aluminum and clear glass. It will &#8220;respond and manipulate daylight and views,&#8221; according to the design documents. The two-level gallery will house both commercial offices and residential flats in London&#8217;s Hoxton Square.</p> <h3>Casa Atlantica, Rio de Janeiro</h3> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="665" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/03_Casa-Atlantica_Copacabana_Aerial-321a2e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="559" height="700" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/02_Casa-Atlantica_Copacabana_Night-837d0f.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="560" height="700" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/01_Casa-Atlantica_Copacabana_Day-107071.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="500" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/05_Casa-Atlantica_Copacabana_Lobby-ccc529.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p>Located on Copacabana Beach, this building combines in its design the natural forms of Rio de Janeiro&#8217;s beaches with the energy and rhythm of Copacabana. As the marketing materials for the building further explain, &#8220;Casa Atlantica&#8217;s design continues the liberating composition and spatial flow inherent within Brazil's rich Modernist tradition.&#8221; Balconies jut out on each floor and separate the residential units.</p> <p><em> Photos courtesy of <a href="http://www.zaha-hadid.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Zaha Hadid Architects</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/stunning-views-in-socal-215880/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">House of the Week: Sharp Lines and Stunning Views in SoCal</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-floating-homes-for-sale-212797/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">All Hands on Deck: 10 Unique Floating Homes for Sale</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/most-expensive-listing-state-208132/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">See the Most Expensive Home for Sale in Every State</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ZEJuMxmm2uU:rqI3apJjBm8:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ZEJuMxmm2uU:rqI3apJjBm8:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/zaha-hadid-residential-designs-216121/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/zaha-hadid-residential-designs-216121/ 2017-05-24 13:00 +00:00 2017-05-25 01:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/hbxtcn3kguzgyylkgvxwondlmqzg64lq/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/uks-top-20-property-investment-hotspots/ topics:places/stratford-upon-avon topics:places/scotland topics:places/windsor structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market topics:places/london topics:places/surrey-uk topics:places/st-albans structure:property topics:places/west-midlands The UK's top 20 property investment hotspots Wed, 24 May 2017 09:28:24 Z 2017-05-24 09:28 +00:00 2017-05-24 21:28 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/hbqxgy3nmrugk2dig5rw6nlsonwda4ru/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/buy-next-home-auction-simple-quick-may-even-bag-bargain/ topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard structure:money topics:things/first-time-buyers topics:things/buy-to-let structure:property Buy your next home at auction - it's simple, quick and you may even bag a bargain Wed, 24 May 2017 05:00:00 Z Graham Norwood 2017-05-24 05:00 +00:00 2017-05-24 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=167285 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/wIhvcYpg5hg/ Tips & Advice home buying Renting Renters: Are You Ready to Buy a Home? While you save up your down payment, take these 5 steps to get you closer to closing. Tue, 23 May 2017 16:44:38 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/renters-prepare-to-buy-a-home-167285/#comments Julian Hebron <p>For renters planning to buy a home, preliminary steps like creating a budget and saving for a down payment are obvious. Here are five more advanced steps toward moving out of your rental and into a dream home of your own.</p> <h3><strong>Understand the full cost of homeownership</strong></h3> <p>As a renter, a single rental fee covers your monthly housing payment. But as a homeowner, four main factors go into your monthly housing payment: principal, interest, taxes and insurance (P.I.T.I.). Understanding these costs will help you determine <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-calculator/house-affordability/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">how much house you can afford</a>.</p> <p>Together, principal and interest comprise your monthly mortgage payment, with the principal paying down your loan balance each month, and the interest paying your fee for borrowing the money. Use a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-calculator/" target="new">mortgage calculator</a> to determine how much of your payment goes toward principal versus interest each month.</p> <p>Taxes refer to property taxes, which are assessed by the county you live in. They average 1.2 percent of your home&#8217;s value each year.</p> <p>Insurance &#8212; paid to a homeowner&#8217;s insurance company of your choice &#8212; is required when you have a mortgage. Lenders require that your insurance cover the cost of rebuilding the home if it is ruined by fire or other disaster. This &#8220;replacement cost&#8221; is determined by your insurer, and must be agreed to by your lender. Insurance will typically cost $700 to $1,200 per year for a single family home.</p> <p>For <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/best-condo-insurance-for-your-nest-162575/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">condo owners</a>, there&#8217;s a fifth monthly cost category: homeowners association (HOA) dues. These fees cover common area amenities, landscaping, ongoing upkeep and reserves for future maintenance like roof replacement or exterior painting. These monthly dues range from $100 for cheaper condos to $1,000 or more for luxury condos.</p> <p>Single family home buyers can take a useful cue from HOA budgets, which generally require that at least 10 percent of dues go toward reserves. Even if you&#8217;re not buying a condo, it&#8217;s a good idea to set up a similar savings plan for future maintenance like replacing a roof or major appliances.</p> <h3>Know your homeowner tax benefits</h3> <p>Mortgage interest and property taxes are deductible when you file your annual tax returns, and reduce taxable income.</p> <p>These deductions significantly lower your cost of homeownership. For example, for a $300,000 home with 20 percent down and a 30-year fixed mortgage at 4 percent, monthly P.I.T.I. is about $1,545. Tax deductions reduce this total housing cost to about $1,215.</p> <h3>Study rent-vs.-buy math</h3> <p>Often, people judge the cost of renting vs. buying by comparing P.I.T.I. to a rental payment. But to get an apples-to-apples comparison, you actually have to look at after-tax-benefit homeownership costs and rent costs.</p> <p>Using the example above of a $300,000 home that costs $1,215 per month after taxes, you could compare this residence to a home that rents for about $1,200. If the $300,000 home was more spacious or in a more desirable area, the math would seem to favor buying &#8212; but don&#8217;t forget this example requires a $60,000 down payment.</p> <h3>Identify mortgages that fit your budget and timeline</h3> <p>If you don&#8217;t have 20 percent to put down, you can still get a <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2014/12/08/real_estate/3-down-payment-mortgage/" target="new">mortgage with as little as 3 percent down</a>. However, if your down payment is less than 20 percent, you&#8217;ll have to pay mortgage insurance, which is about .85 percent of your loan amount, and isn&#8217;t tax deductible.</p> <p>Your monthly P.I.T.I. (which includes mortgage insurance) is about $1,995 on a $300,000 home with 3 percent down and a 30-year fixed mortgage at 4 percent. After tax deductions, this total housing cost drops to about $1,614. And you&#8217;d only need $9,000 for the down payment.</p> <p>You can also lower your rate and P.I.T.I. with a shorter-term loan like a 5-year ARM, but rates on these loans will adjust in 5 years, so you risk having a much higher payment if you plan to stay in the home longer than that.</p> <h3>Start preparing your credit score now</h3> <p>Credit scores are critical for getting the best mortgages with the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-rates/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">lowest rates</a>. Lenders want reliable on-time payment history as well as credit depth.</p> <p>More credit accounts are better, so renters with only one credit card should consider obtaining more credit. Just note that your credit score can drop 5 to 15 points when you first open a new account, then will come back up when you&#8217;ve established a good payment history.</p> <p><em>Have questions about purchasing a home? Check out our <a href="https://www.zillow.com/home-buying-guide/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Home Buyers Guide</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-reasons-now-is-good-time-to-buy-158353/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Why You Should Get Off the Fence About Buying a Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/plan-first-home-buying-experience-151158/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Planning Your First Home Buying Experience</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/credit-inquiries-and-mortgage-rates-164616/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Can Shopping Around for a Mortgage Keep You from Getting One?</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published January 5, 2015.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=wIhvcYpg5hg:8LEPfbWGULo:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=wIhvcYpg5hg:8LEPfbWGULo:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/renters-prepare-to-buy-a-home-167285/feed/ 12 https://www.zillow.com/blog/renters-prepare-to-buy-a-home-167285/ 2017-05-23 16:44 +00:00 2017-05-24 04:44 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nfqtmmllnm4xkmdngvqwonzygnrdo43u/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/sale-crumbling-italian-palaces-including-admiral-nelsons-abandoned/ storytype:standard topics:places/italy topics:things/property-abroad topics:places/sale topics:places/europe structure:money structure:property For sale: crumbling Italian palaces, including Admiral Nelson's abandoned Sicilian castle Tue, 23 May 2017 05:00:00 Z Silvia Marchetti 2017-05-23 05:00 +00:00 2017-05-23 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ovytioduna4we2zug4zwo43sgnrgcnlr/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/sale-rare-garden-flat-overlooking-rhs-chelsea-flower-show/ topics:things/flowers topics:things/london-property topics:organisations/rhs topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard structure:money topics:events/chelsea-flower-show structure:property For sale: a rare garden flat overlooking the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Mon, 22 May 2017 13:44:57 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-05-22 13:44 +00:00 2017-05-23 01:44 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=216042 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/kzbTqAGKYCw/ Home Improvement gardening landscaping 8 Hot Landscaping Trends for 2017 Expect to see these design motifs and popular plants around your neighborhood. Mon, 22 May 2017 13:00:30 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/landscaping-trends-2017-216042/#respond Jill Krasny <p>Just like home interiors, landscape design evolves with our lifestyles and the times. Here&#8217;s a look at eight trends that will be shaping your lawn, garden, and outdoor spaces this year.</p> <h3>Estate style scales down</h3> <p>Who says you need to have rolling acres to deck out your landscape with soaring hedges and climbing vines? Compact and dwarf versions of popular estate-style plants make this look accessible to container gardeners and condo-dwellers.</p> <figure id="attachment_216149" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-216149 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/8029713371_7f313e7b5d_k-41a718.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of NALP/Philippe Nobile Photography</figcaption></figure> <p>"Once upon a time, it was not unusual to see large properties defined by imposing stands of impressive shrubs and towering trees," states a <a href="http://www.monrovia.com/9-trends-influencing-the-gardening-world-in-2017/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">trend report</a> from commercial nursery Monrovia. "As lot sizes shrink but the desire for this luxurious look grows, this classic estate style is being replicated for a smaller outdoor footprint, thanks to more scaled-down versions of beloved plants hitting the market in 2017."</p> <h3>Gardens go glam</h3> <p>"After a decade of loading up on bulletproof, always-on Knock Out roses, succulents, and new varieties of hydrangeas with thicker, more heat-and-sun-tolerant leaves and flop-resistant stems, gardeners are adding glamorous plants to the mix, such as <a href="http://growbeautifully.monrovia.com/object-of-desire/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Itoh peonies</a> and wisteria - even though they take work to maintain, have a short period of bloom and can be expensive," notes the Monrovia report. "Even in places like California, where native plants and xeriscaping are buzzy, people are finding ways to slip in a few of these beauties, if only in a pot or two."</p> <figure id="attachment_216158" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="http://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalog/plants/1601/keiko-adored-itoh-peony/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-216158 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/peonies-4a110e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Keiko (Adored) Itoh Peony. Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalog/plants/1601/keiko-adored-itoh-peony/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Monrovia</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Hygge heads outside</h3> <p>The trendy Danish concept of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hygge-scandinavian-simplicity-210343/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">creating an atmosphere of coziness</a> is heading outdoors. People are using lighting to create dramatic or playful atmospheres, and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/outdoor-living/water-features-every-yard/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">tinkering with fountains</a> to set their own soundscape.</p> <p>"For those with small properties and neighbors nearby, they can create a pleasant noise that drowns out the neighbors' activity," explains Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the <a href="https://www.loveyourlandscape.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">National Association of Landscape Professionals</a>.</p> <p>Seating spaces, too, are looking cozier lately. Many prefer "a little place to curl up with a book," Henriksen says - or a seating area for two, where conversations can take place.</p> <figure id="attachment_216159" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-216159 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_261547313-61e0c5.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="592" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from ShutterStock</figcaption></figure> <h3>Hydrangeas rule</h3> <p>"If you look at flowers that are having an Instagram moment, you'd have to put hydrangeas right at the top of the list," <a href="http://growbeautifully.monrovia.com/we-built-a-better-hydrangea/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Monrovia&#8217;s blog</a> reports. &#8220;Not only are they perfect for filling foundations and dressing up front yard picket fences, they make colorful low borders in front of tall garden beds and look just as pretty planted in a large pot.&#8221;</p> <figure id="attachment_216154" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="http://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalog/plants/5564/seaside-serenade-cape-cod-hydrangea/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-216154 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/hydrangeas-b0b9a5.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Seaside Serenade Cape Cod Hydrangea. Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalog/plants/5564/seaside-serenade-cape-cod-hydrangea/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Monrovia</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Yards go greener</h3> <p>For years, yards were defined by their vibrant pops of color, but homeowners are moving away from that, says Henriksen. Today, layering a variety of plants in shades of green for visual impact is more in vogue.</p> <figure id="attachment_216156" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="http://growbeautifully.monrovia.com/curb-appeal-solutions-dealing-with-a-spectacular-natural-setting/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-216156 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/nature-b35fcf.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="http://growbeautifully.monrovia.com/curb-appeal-solutions-dealing-with-a-spectacular-natural-setting/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Monrovia</a></figcaption></figure> <p>"I think it's a different way to enjoy landscaping, not to suggest that color isn't so important," she says. "Before, people may have really been drawn immediately to color."</p> <p>Now homeowners enjoy bringing different green plants together. "Some have heavy leaf structures, some are more delicate"- even the planting of fillers looks dramatic, Henriksen adds.</p> <h3>Gardens reach for the sky</h3> <p>"We're really seeing people begin to take their landscapes up," says Henriksen, noting the recent popularity of vertical gardens or green living walls. A natural conversation starter, they can work on any scale, indoors or out.</p> <figure id="attachment_216147" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-216147 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/vertical-e061a6.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from ShutterStock</figcaption></figure> <p>Before putting up the walls, be sure to consider your irrigation options. And remember there's no set rule for designing your wall: Plants can be homogenous or arranged in patterns, Henriksen says.</p> <h3>Natural is in</h3> <p>"Meadow-filled, slightly wilder gardens are losing popularity, as are landscapes dominated by hard textures, right angles, Cor-Ten steel edging, and sheared-to-a-knife-point formal garden borders and hedges," states the Monrovia trend report. "In their place, use of natural elements such as rocks, boulders, and beautifully untouched hedges impose a more integrated sense of structure are on the rise."</p> <figure id="attachment_216145" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-216145" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/featured-239078.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of Willamette Landscape Services/Claremont Greens HOA</figcaption></figure> <h3>Sustainability is key</h3> <p>A beautiful yard isn't just for homeowners' enjoyment, but also the environment's benefit. Flowers that are attractive to pollinators like birds and bees are becoming more popular, and landscape designers are encouraging homeowners to use native plants, which pollinators naturally seek.</p> <figure id="attachment_216143" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="http://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalog/plants/2255/chocolate-chip-carpet-bugle/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-216143" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/sustain-59a2e5.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="357" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Chocolate Chip Carpet Bugle. Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalog/plants/2255/chocolate-chip-carpet-bugle/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Monrovia</a></figcaption></figure> <p>Smart irrigation systems, which shift homeowners away from a watering schedule to when plants really need it, are also on trend. "Smart systems can really take the guesswork out of whether it's time to water," says Henriksen.</p> <p><em>Looking for more landscape design ideas? Check out <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/landscape-yard/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow Digs</a> for inspiration.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/outdoor-living/find-personal-garden-style/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Find Your Personal Garden Style</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/outdoor-living/garden-every-type-homeowner/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">6 Garden Varieties for Every Type of Homeowner</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-to-know-garden-structures-204451/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">A Trellis or a Pergola? 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Fri, 19 May 2017 22:57:42 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/bridges-sells-montecito-216093/#respond Lindsay Cohen <figure id="attachment_216128" style="width: 150px" style="float:left; margin: 0 15px 15px 0;"><img class="wp-image-216128 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_75601525-c61a8b.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="225" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo: ShutterStock</figcaption></figure> <p>The Dude abides &#8212; by this sale.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After listing the home </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">two years ago</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, actor Jeff Bridges has finally sold his <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/985-Hot-Springs-Rd-Santa-Barbara-CA-93108/15880477_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5-bedroom, 5.5 bath house</a> for just under $16 million.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bridges &#8212; best known for his roles in &#8220;The Big Lebowski,&#8221; &#8220;Crazy Heart,&#8221; and &#8220;Hell or High Water&#8221; &#8212; bought the property in 1994 from "Footloose" musician Kenny Loggins. Bridges <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/jeff-bridges-lists-montecito-estate-179791/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">originally listed the property</a> for $29.5 million in 2015.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home resembles an Italian villa with ivy-covered walls, a terra-cotta roof, and a massive, hand-carved door. The property, dubbed Villa Santa Lucia, is set on 19 wooded acres, and offers views of the Pacific Ocean.</span></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="540" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/985HSR-01-Terrace-off-Tower-Med-Room-13553f.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="538" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/985HSR-14-Living-Room-1ef7b6.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="796" height="700" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/985HSR-15-Dining-Room-5cabca.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/985HSR-18-Master-Bedroom-660d69.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/985HSR-19-Bedroom-710013.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/985HSR-19-Master-Bedroom-5645c6.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="609" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/985HSR-12-Off-Living-Room-b0e8f6.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/985HSR-03-Patio-off-Living-Room-8c2821.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/985HSR-10-Pool-Area-Patio-c393cb.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="589" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/985HSR-08-Pool-to-Main-House-View-08b83e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/985HSR-09-Pool-Water-Feature-2e7607.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="570" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/985HSR-11-Pool-Area-Patio-03401f.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="512" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/985HSR-13-Patio-Off-Living-Room-a3c4af.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p><em>Photos by <a href="http://jimbartsch.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Jim Bartsch</a></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The sunken living room boasts an antique stone fireplace and wood-beamed ceilings. Nearby chandeliers are adorned with Murano glass, and the master bedroom features its own intimate sitting area next to a fireplace.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are musical artifacts &#8212; including a stash of guitars &#8212; throughout the home (Bridges won an Oscar for his role as a singer in &#8220;Crazy Heart,&#8221; and has released several albums). And, in case you're looking for a place to stash that &#8220;nice marmot,&#8221; there's a 770-square-foot guest cottage with skylight and galley kitchen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">French doors open from the living room to a terrace overlooking the ocean in the distance. The backyard&#8217;s turquoise pool features a small waterfall. For chillier nights, the patio also offers an outdoor fireplace.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The new owners will have a selection of A-list celebrities as neighbors, including Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey, and even Al Gore.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.suzanneperkins.com/portfolio/hot-springs-road/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Susan Perkins</a> of Sotheby&#8217;s International Realty carried the listing.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/kylie-jenner-35m-mansion-216041/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Kylie Jenner&#8217;s Rent is More Than Most Americans&#8217; Annual Salary</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/yolanda-hadid-la-home-215966/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">&#8216;Real Housewife&#8217; Yolanda Hadid&#8217;s L.A. 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The six brightest trends in interiors Sat, 06 May 2017 05:00:00 Z Emily Brooks 2017-05-06 05:00 +00:00 2017-05-06 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gm2tom3um5uwcmrvg5swuytjob2gyzte/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/elephants-spices-luxury-apartments-changing-face-london-dock/ topics:things/london-property topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:things/planning topics:things/history topics:organisations/berkeley-group structure:money topics:places/london structure:property From elephants and spices to luxury apartments: the changing face of London Dock Fri, 05 May 2017 05:00:00 Z Anna White 2017-05-05 05:00 +00:00 2017-05-05 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/hb2wmobynztgsz3lnqygemztgzyw2m3b/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/sale-barack-obamas-post-university-bachelor-pad/ topics:people/barack-obama topics:places/new-york-city storytype:standard topics:things/property-abroad topics:places/usa structure:money structure:property For sale: Barack Obama's post-university bachelor pad Thu, 04 May 2017 05:00:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-05-04 05:00 +00:00 2017-05-04 17:00 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property-infographics/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503298&objectid=11849751&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Did plan to solve Auckland's housing crisis work? In 2013 the Government and Auckland Council signed the Auckland Housing Accord, a programme planned to solve the city's housing crisis.Economist Rodney Dickens of Strategic Risk Analysis says "ten steps have been taken backwards"... Thu, 04 May 2017 06:46:24 +1200 2017-05-04 06:46 +12:00 2017-05-04 06:46 +12:00 http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6115/combating-auckland-s-housing-crisis?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Combating+Auckland%27s+housing+crisis http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6115/combating-auckland-s-housing-crisis?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Combating+Auckland%27s+housing+crisis Combating Auckland's housing crisis The number of houses being built is the key to the problem and the solution of Auckland's housing shortage. Thu, 04 May 2017 06:00:00 +1200 2017-05-04 06:00 +12:00 2017-05-04 06:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/n5vdenjtm5vg4z3fmn3gu2zqmjzdo4zv/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/land-prices-climb-faster-house-prices-northern-cities/ storytype:standard topics:places/glasgow topics:places/birmingham topics:organisations/savills structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market topics:places/london structure:property topics:places/manchester Land prices climb faster than house prices in some northern cities Wed, 03 May 2017 11:40:42 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-05-03 11:40 +00:00 2017-05-03 23:40 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gzsha2zwgrtgsmlbm5twqmzuozrgy23o/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/rightmoves-viewed-properties-moated-tower-tiny-dolls-house/ topics:organisations/rightmove topics:things/buying-property topics:things/interiors topics:things/uk-property structure:money topics:places/london structure:property Rightmove's most viewed properties: from a moated tower to a tiny dolls' house Wed, 03 May 2017 05:00:00 Z 2017-05-03 05:00 +00:00 2017-05-03 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gnwdi3dkne4gwm3cnnqxmzltg4zde3tm/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/va-va-voom-best-new-homes-eco-conscious-car-owners/ topics:things/self-driving-cars structure:cars topics:things/buying-property topics:things/renewable-energy storytype:standard topics:things/energy structure:money structure:cars/hybrid-electric-cars structure:property Va-va voom: the best new homes for eco-conscious car owners Wed, 03 May 2017 05:00:00 Z Fiona Brandhorst 2017-05-03 05:00 +00:00 2017-05-03 17:00 +12:00 http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6114/warning-all-landlords-compliance-non-negotiable?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Warning+all+landlords+-+compliance+non-negotiable http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6114/warning-all-landlords-compliance-non-negotiable?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Warning+all+landlords+-+compliance+non-negotiable Warning all landlords - compliance non-negotiable No longer will landlords and property management companies be able to get away with poor landlord behaviour. Wed, 03 May 2017 04:05:00 +1200 2017-05-03 04:05 +12:00 2017-05-03 04:05 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mv3gw43oorxhm4diovswo33inq4hm3ln/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/upcycling-charity-trains-homeless-people-employable-skills-makes/ structure:interiors/furniture topics:things/social-care topics:things/interiors structure:interiors/diy storytype:standard structure:interiors topics:things/recycling topics:things/luxury-design structure:money topics:organisations/john-lewis structure:property This 'upcycling' charity trains homeless people in employable skills (and makes funky furniture) Tue, 02 May 2017 07:00:00 Z Nicola Venning 2017-05-02 07:00 +00:00 2017-05-02 19:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gq3dm43un53dc2tim43gyodbov2tiz3f/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/commercial/gone-fishing-garden-bring-hobby-home-residential-fisheries/ topics:things/buying-property topics:things/conservation topics:things/fishing storytype:standard topics:things/countryside topics:things/fish topics:things/fishes topics:things/wildlife structure:money structure:lifestyle structure:property Gone fishing... in the garden? Bring your hobby home with these residential fisheries Tue, 02 May 2017 05:00:00 Z Mary Wilson 2017-05-02 05:00 +00:00 2017-05-02 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nruwsndpmjsxk43mnfydm43rgi4w22dl/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/news/daily-telegraph-homebuilding-renovating-awards-2017-open-nominations/ topics:things/self-build structure:interiors/diy storytype:standard structure:art/architecture topics:places/shoreham-by-sea topics:places/west-sussex topics:things/luxury-property topics:things/grand-designs structure:money topics:organisations/john-lewis structure:property The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards 2017 is open for nominations: here's how to enter Mon, 01 May 2017 05:00:00 Z Lauren Davidson 2017-05-01 05:00 +00:00 2017-05-01 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/hfsgs5tloi3ti43pny3won3qonrww2bq/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/takes-year-longer-first-time-buyer-save-deposit-year-ago/ topics:things/mortgages storytype:standard topics:things/help-to-buy structure:money topics:things/first-time-buyers topics:things/house-prices structure:property It takes a year longer for a first-time buyer to save for a deposit than a year ago  Sun, 30 Apr 2017 23:01:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-04-30 23:01 +00:00 2017-05-01 11:01 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nfrg62lcmm3dmzthnrvw423nnztg43dn/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/reinventing-bungalow-single-storey-showstoppers-redefine-low/ topics:things/interiors storytype:standard topics:things/retirement structure:art/architecture topics:things/family topics:places/berkshire structure:money topics:places/surrey-uk structure:property Reinventing the bungalow: single-storey showstoppers that redefine low-rise luxury Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:00:00 Z Ruth Bloomfield 2017-04-29 05:00 +00:00 2017-04-29 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nfxwsmzwoq3w42ttoq2dez3wnm4tazrx/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/healthy-homes-help-keep-fitness-related-new-years-resolutions/ topics:things/london-property topics:things/obesity topics:things/skin storytype:standard topics:things/new-home topics:organisations/instagram topics:things/hair topics:things/yoga structure:money topics:things/exercise topics:places/london topics:things/health topics:events/new-years-day topics:things/spas structure:property topics:things/fitness Healthy homes to help you keep your fitness-related New Year's resolutions Sat, 31 Dec 2016 06:00:00 Z Tory Kingdon 2016-12-31 06:00 +00:00 2016-12-31 19:00 +13:00 http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5780/regional-auction-watch-strong-demand-for-family-home?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Regional+auction+watch%3A+Strong+demand+for+family+home http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5780/regional-auction-watch-strong-demand-for-family-home?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Regional+auction+watch%3A+Strong+demand+for+family+home Regional auction watch: Strong demand for family home Bidding was fast and competitive for a large family home generating an income at a Rotorua auction. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +1200 2016-06-29 00:00 +12:00 2016-06-29 00:00 +12:00 http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5768/hot-and-cold-in-regional-auction?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Hot+and+cold+in+regional+auction+ http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5768/hot-and-cold-in-regional-auction?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Hot+and+cold+in+regional+auction+ Hot and cold in regional auction A glimpse into the latest auction movements in Rotorua Full renovations paid off for one vendor as fierce bidding erupted to lay claim to a 4 bedroom house in Sunnybrook. A diverse group of about 15 Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +1200 2016-06-16 00:00 +12:00 2016-06-16 00:00 +12:00 http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5762/rotorua-property-auction-delivers-varying-results?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Rotorua+property+auction+delivers+varying+results+ http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5762/rotorua-property-auction-delivers-varying-results?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Rotorua+property+auction+delivers+varying+results+ Rotorua property auction delivers varying results The housing market in Rotorua might be pretty hot at the moment, but not all houses are selling. Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +1200 2016-06-10 00:00 +12:00 2016-06-10 00:00 +12:00 http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5344/open-letter-from-john-lenihan-and-jane-greensmith?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Open+letter+from+John+Lenihan+and+Jane+Greensmith http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5344/open-letter-from-john-lenihan-and-jane-greensmith?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Open+letter+from+John+Lenihan+and+Jane+Greensmith Open letter from John Lenihan and Jane Greensmith This is an open letter to the people of Auckland from myself John Lenihan and my wife Jane Greensmith, as today is our 20th wedding anniversary. Over these 20 years Jane and I have practiced as Architects Thu, 12 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +1200 2015-03-12 00:00 +12:00 2015-03-12 01:00 +13:00 http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5252/a-labour-win-for-landlords-to-celebrate?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=A+Labour+win+for+landlords+to+celebrate http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5252/a-labour-win-for-landlords-to-celebrate?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=A+Labour+win+for+landlords+to+celebrate A Labour win for landlords to celebrate It's not often property investors celebrate a Labour victory, but this time they can. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +1200 2014-11-19 00:00 +12:00 2014-11-19 01:00 +13:00 http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5225/very-little-crystal-clear-with-govt-s-state-housing-plans?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Very+little+crystal+clear+with+Govt%27s+state+housing+plans http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5225/very-little-crystal-clear-with-govt-s-state-housing-plans?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Very+little+crystal+clear+with+Govt%27s+state+housing+plans Very little crystal clear with Govt's state housing plans Here’s a term property investors probably haven’t thought much about, but should start to take notice of. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +1200 2014-10-25 00:00 +12:00 2014-10-25 01:00 +13:00 http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5120/landlords-switch-on-to-need-for-warm-dry-properties?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Landlords+switch+on+to+need+for+warm%2C+dry+properties http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5120/landlords-switch-on-to-need-for-warm-dry-properties?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Landlords+switch+on+to+need+for+warm%2C+dry+properties Landlords switch on to need for warm, dry properties Almost nine in 10 rental properties owned by property investors’ association members have been insulated, a new survey shows. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +1200 2014-07-01 00:00 +12:00 2014-07-01 00:00 +12:00 http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5079/buyers-getting-creative-harcourts?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Buyers+getting+creative%3A+Harcourts http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5079/buyers-getting-creative-harcourts?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Buyers+getting+creative%3A+Harcourts Buyers getting creative: Harcourts First-home buyers are using creative lending solutions to get into the market, Harcourts says. Thu, 22 May 2014 00:00:00 +1200 2014-05-22 00:00 +12:00 2014-05-22 00:00 +12:00