News Feeds (RSS) https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12206737&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Westpac's chief economist says a capital gains tax would lead to higher living standards A top economist says a capital gains tax would lead to higher living standers for Kiwis, but is warning it would also slow the economy in the short term. Westpac chief economist Dominick Stephens is also picking house and farm prices... Sun, 24 Feb 2019 12:42:08 +1200 2019-02-24 12:42 +12:00 2019-02-24 13:42 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12206703&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Housing Minister Phil Twyford unveils new standards for all NZ rental homes New Government rules will require every rental home in New Zealand to have a heater in the living room and an extractor fan in the kitchen and bathroom.The new requirements are part of the Government's healthy homes standards, announced... Sun, 24 Feb 2019 10:44:30 +1200 2019-02-24 10:44 +12:00 2019-02-24 11:44 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12206307&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Suit-wearing real estate agent jumps off cliff for owner A real estate agent has shown how far he will go to sell a house by jumping into the ocean at the owner's request - fully clothed in his signature blue suit and tie.Bayleys agent Jock Kooger told the owners of a stunning home... Sun, 24 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +1200 2019-02-24 05:00 +12:00 2019-02-24 06:00 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12205099&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Diana Clement: Should I break my mortgage? COMMENT: Do you kick yourself when mortgage rates fall? Many Kiwis regret having fixed at a higher rate when rates continue to nosedive.The trouble is that you may have to pay a break fee to get out of your existing mortgage. When... Sun, 24 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +1200 2019-02-24 05:00 +12:00 2019-02-24 06:00 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12206535&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz The sale of eight Auckland mansions last year could alone have netted $24m in capital gains tax The sales of eight of New Zealand's most expensive homes could have last year netted the Government $24.6 million under a capital gains tax.The calculation was made to illustrate the impact of a capital gains tax that could require... Sat, 23 Feb 2019 15:22:41 +1200 2019-02-23 15:22 +12:00 2019-02-23 16:22 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12206408&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Editorial: Why shouldn't you pay tax, the rest of us do? So I shared a taxi with a colleague recently and we spoke about his acquaintance who owned more than 60 residential properties.Sixty.It's not uncommon to know people who own houses other than their family home. We have become... Sat, 23 Feb 2019 10:37:51 +1200 2019-02-23 10:37 +12:00 2019-02-23 11:37 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12206555&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz KiwiBuild sales give wrong idea about Wanaka housing market - developer For weeks, the lack of sales of KiwiBuild houses in Wanaka has been used by opponents of the Government scheme as ammunition against it.Now, as Mark Price reports, there is a claim the lack of KiwiBuild sales - five of the 10 built... Sat, 23 Feb 2019 10:11:18 +1200 2019-02-23 10:11 +12:00 2019-02-23 11:11 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12204089&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Rotorua first-home buyer subdivision to begin construction soon Construction of a subdivision designed to give first-home buyers a new three-bedroom house for $450,000 is three weeks away from starting after an almost two-year wait. The Kawaha Point Villas project was set back when it was discovered... Sat, 23 Feb 2019 09:00:00 +1200 2019-02-23 09:00 +12:00 2019-02-23 10:00 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12206496&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz One building to lease in new Mt Roskill retail centre Only one commercial building remains for lease in a new retail centre that's under construction in Mt Roskill and targeted for completion in November. "We envisage this space could house food and beverage operators who would rub... Sat, 23 Feb 2019 05:00:02 +1200 2019-02-23 05:00 +12:00 2019-02-23 06:00 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12206508&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz On the dock of the bay It's no surprise that Terry and Celeste Riches have stayed in their Remuera home for 30 years. "From the first time I came here, I never wanted to leave," says Celeste. "It is a very special place."The north-facing house sits alongside... Sat, 23 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +1200 2019-02-23 05:00 +12:00 2019-02-23 06:00 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12206506&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Taking in the harbour lights When Richard and Sally-Anne Holden were house-hunting in Auckland four or so years ago, they knew they needed space for themselves and their beloved dogs. The garden apartment they found on the ground floor of a high-quality, boutique... Sat, 23 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +1200 2019-02-23 05:00 +12:00 2019-02-23 06:00 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12206505&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Signature of classic design Even though they've been in their Devonport house for only seven years, Brian and Jan Robinson know all about its history and how the first owners commissioned architect Pete Sargisson to design it. Sargisson's work since the 1960s,... Sat, 23 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +1200 2019-02-23 05:00 +12:00 2019-02-23 06:00 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12206495&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Remuera Rd cafe and boarding house A mixed use commercial and residential property is for sale on Remuera Rd with its underlying intensive Residential zoning providing a future development opportunity.The freehold property at 631 Remuera Rd, comprises a 475sq m building... Sat, 23 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +1200 2019-02-23 05:00 +12:00 2019-02-23 06:00 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12206486&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Howick office property has Westpac tenant The sale of a prominent multi-level office property in Howick is being marketed as presenting a rare investment opportunity in one of Auckland's established suburbs.Investment sales broker Chris Wakim and director Matthew Barnes... Sat, 23 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +1200 2019-02-23 05:00 +12:00 2019-02-23 06:00 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12206485&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Tirau's Cabbage Tree cafe by sheep and dog The land and buildings housing a cafe opposite one of New Zealand's most best-known roadside attractions is now for sale.The replica character building, housing Cabbage Tree Cafe, is diagonally opposite the famous corrugated iron... Sat, 23 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +1200 2019-02-23 05:00 +12:00 2019-02-23 06:00 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12206483&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Paeroa land goes from heifers to houses A large portion of elevated pasture land, once part of a Waikato dry stock farm, can now become an upmarket boutique housing subdivision.The site of about 12.8ha overlooking Paeroa, is on the market for sale with consents granted... Sat, 23 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +1200 2019-02-23 05:00 +12:00 2019-02-23 06:00 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12206482&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Queenstown CBD redevelopment opportunity A site with redevelopment potential, located 200m from Queenstown's CBD and with a zoning that allows for visitor accommodation activities, is up for auction.The 582sq m freehold property, at 31 Man St, is in the recently expanded... Sat, 23 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +1200 2019-02-23 05:00 +12:00 2019-02-23 06:00 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12206480&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Commercial property at Takapuna's gateway A property at the commercial gateway to Takapuna is for sale or lease with vacant possession, offering options for occupiers, investors or developers.The high-profile property, at 73 Barrys Point Rd, is just 10-minutes' drive from... Sat, 23 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +1200 2019-02-23 05:00 +12:00 2019-02-23 06:00 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12206478&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Pokeno childcare investment property Agents say surging residential growth at Pokeno justifies strong investor interest in a high-end childcare property for sale there.Colliers International investment sales director Shoneet Chand, and colleagues Matthew Barnes and... Sat, 23 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +1200 2019-02-23 05:00 +12:00 2019-02-23 06:00 +13:00 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12206477&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Tourism gem near Whakarewarewa A substantial tourism complex in central Rotorua has been placed on the market with a renewed lease in place to its longstanding operator.The land and buildings of the 2570sq m Apollo Hotel complex on a 2864sq m site at7 Tyron St,... Sat, 23 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +1200 2019-02-23 05:00 +12:00 2019-02-23 06:00 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220812 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/8_QtD2TejbQ/ Home Improvement DIY home organization With This DIY Sporting Goods Catch-All, Game Day Is No Sweat If you build it, the sporting goods will come (and stay organized too!) Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:30:18 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/sporting-goods-catchall-220812/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>This project will help you organize your garage and become the MVP of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tag/diy/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DIY projects</a>. With all your sporting gear in the same place, you&#8217;ll always be prepared when someone yells, "Where&#8217;s my basketball?&#8221; (Or volleyball, hockey stick, tennis racket, etc.)</p> <p>See how it&#8217;s done, then follow the step-by-step instructions to build one of your own.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="375" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7L6sa8u0u24?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsapi=1&#038;modestbranding=1&#038;rel=0&#038;showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <h2>1. Find a bookcase</h2> <p>Choose a bookcase with at least three wide shelves so you can store gear in a variety of sizes.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220814" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Still1-69abba.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>2. Add locking wheels</h2> <p>Attach locking wheels to the bottom of the bookcase so you can easily move it around the mudroom or the garage.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220815" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Still3-d310fe.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>3. Drill holes</h2> <p>Drill evenly spaced holes (about four or five, depending on the width of the bookcase) along the top surface of one of the shelves. Keep the holes fairly close to the edge - about one-half inch away or less.</p> <p>On the underside of the shelf below, drill holes to match up exactly with the holes on the shelf above.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220816" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Still5-016685.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>4. Attach bungee cords</h2> <p>Place the bungee cord hooks in the drilled holes, and arrange the cords vertically so they create a net. You want the cords to be pretty taut, so get the right size for your bookcase.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220817" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Still7-966d46.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>5. Mount peg boards</h2> <p>Frame the sides of your bookcase with 1-by-2-inch boards to support peg boards that have been cut to size. Secure the peg boards with a few nails on the top and bottom.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220819" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Still8-bbc350.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>6. Customize with hooks and holders</h2> <p>Place hooks and holders on the peg board so you can hang your tennis rackets, baseball gloves, jerseys, helmets and more.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220820" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Still10-047990.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>7. Load up your catch-all, MVP!</h2> <p>Grab your gear and organize the bins however you see fit. Now all you have to worry about is scoring the winning goal.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220821" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Still11-dded6f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/built-in-shelves-hack-226769/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A DIY for the Books: How to Get Custom Built-In Shelves on a Budget</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/kids-room-storage-229181/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Quick DIY for Space-Saving Kids&#8217; Room Storage</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DIY Backyard Fire Pit: Build It in Just 7 Easy Steps</a></li> </ul> <h6><em>Originally published September 2017.</em></h6> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=8_QtD2TejbQ:zm_y521O5jk:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=8_QtD2TejbQ:zm_y521O5jk:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/sporting-goods-catchall-220812/feed/ 6 https://www.zillow.com/blog/sporting-goods-catchall-220812/ 2019-02-19 13:30 +00:00 2019-02-20 02:30 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=210492 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/BzpPx92KNXs/ Home Improvement home organization Meet the Clutter Scale: One Pro's Secret to a More Intentional Home On a scale of 1 to 5, how much do you need to declutter? Dorothy Breininger shares a favorite tip for cleaning up. Mon, 18 Feb 2019 19:54:19 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/declutter-for-intentional-home-210492/#respond DorothyTheOrganizer <p>Although I have always been organized, there were two significant moments in my life that taught me how to manage clutter.</p> <p>The first was when I returned from a backpacking trip around the world. Having visited homes in many developing nations, I no longer wanted to have such excess in my own home. My possessions were organized, but I had too many of them for my taste.</p> <p>After I unpacked from my journey, I began a thorough review of my stuff. I started upstairs, removing unnecessary items floor by floor. By the time I reached the basement, I had enough stuff to set up a second apartment.</p> <p>My second decluttering lesson was right after my divorce. Just months after the split, I was facing bankruptcy. I began my climb out of sudden and severe financial debt while simultaneously making a name for myself in the organizing industry. I hired a top-tier PR agent, but I knew I had to come up with some big bucks to cover his fee and all the expenses that go along with creating a brand. I decided to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/steps-to-selling-a-house/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">sell my home</a> and everything I owned to make it happen.</p> <p>As I sorted my belongings for a second time, I created the ranking system below to help me decide what to keep and what to toss. It worked beautifully for me, and I think it can work for you too.</p> <h2>The clutter scale</h2> <p><strong>5</strong> - Important items whose place in your home is non-negotiable. For me, this included my green-stained Depression glass, photos, business files, office equipment and car.</p> <p><strong>4</strong> - Items that are difficult to replace and items you use every day. This pile included most of my clothes, some furniture, a favorite sheet set, towels and jewelry.</p> <p><strong>3</strong> - Items you use occasionally but haven&#8217;t used within the last six months.</p> <p><strong>2</strong> - Items you rarely use but feel hesitant to toss.</p> <p><strong>1</strong> - Items you never use, like seasonal items, specialized tools or kitchen gadgets. I got rid of stationery, extra wrapping paper, old boxes and my printer.</p> <p>You know what I found as I used the clutter scale? There were rarely items that rated a 2 or 3. And once I established some criteria, I sorted and purged the 2s and 3s like never before. As you sort your less important items, ask yourself the following questions:</p> <ul> <li>Do I love it?</li> <li>What's the special story behind it?</li> <li>Do I have the space for it?</li> <li>Can I replace it?</li> <li>Can I easily borrow it or rent it if I need it again?</li> <li>Does it support my goals and values?</li> <li>Does it compare to the items I ranked as a 5?</li> </ul> <p>The clutter scale is a great way to get back in touch with your priorities. My priority at the time was starting my business, so I kept the bigger goal in sight and let go of anything that didn&#8217;t support it.</p> <p>What I didn't know then was that I was already practicing what I was going to preach in my business. I learned to organize my life and stuff based on my values. I chose to collect experiences - not things.</p> <p>As you declutter and rank your possessions, don&#8217;t forget to take a few minutes to think about your goals and values. You&#8217;ll find your home to be much more intentional and peaceful if you do!</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/organizing-secrets-pros-know-204721/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Organizing Secrets Only the Pros Know</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/create-a-dedicated-drop-zone-187516/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Steps to Creating an Organized Entryway (Even If You Don&#8217;t Have the Space)</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-10-home-organization-issues-206957/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Home Organization Woes (and How to Fix Them)</a></li> </ul> <h6><em>Originally published January 2017.</em></h6> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=BzpPx92KNXs:ayUCy44Ipts:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=BzpPx92KNXs:ayUCy44Ipts:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/declutter-for-intentional-home-210492/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/declutter-for-intentional-home-210492/ 2019-02-18 19:54 +00:00 2019-02-19 08:54 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=225199 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/f5H4bFzRV4U/ Home Improvement Tips & Advice Home selling homeownership remodeling Quiz: Should You Renovate Your Home or Sell? Fix it up or give it up? See where you really stand with this quiz. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:00:39 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-renovate-home-or-sell-225199/#comments Cat Overman <p>Most homeowners have that one thing about their home that they wish were different.</p> <p>For some, the home&#8217;s fatal flaw exists outside the four walls. Maybe the house backs up to a creek that floods whenever it rains, resulting in a squishy backyard and mosquitoes. Or perhaps the home is located on a busy street that generates too much traffic noise. It could just be that the house is too far from the homeowner&#8217;s job, and the long commute has gotten old.</p> <p>If you&#8217;re feeling discontent with your home, you may be thinking about renovating &#8230; or getting out entirely. But before you knock down walls or put your home on the market, check out our quiz - it could help you think differently about your situation.</p> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="142840" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" title="Personality Test - Should You Renovate or Sell?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/142840?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Should You Renovate or Sell?</h2> <p class="ql-align-center"><em>Note: This quiz is for </em><strong><em>entertainment purposes only</em></strong><em>. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.</em></p> </section> <section> <h2>Consider renovating.</h2> <p><span style="color: #000000;">If you love your home&#8217;s location-specific qualities (like </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/choose-right-school-6-tips-parents-224336/" target="_blank" style="color: #000000;">great local schools</a><span style="color: #000000;"> or access to amenities), you could have a tough time replicating those elsewhere. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">And if renovating could make your home livable for more than seven years or so, and if you can handle the mess and inconvenience of a big remodeling project, you&#8217;re probably better off staying put and investing in updates that will make the home work for you. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Before you begin, be sure to:</span></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-for-home-renovations-177504/" target="_blank" style="color: #000000;">Create a renovation budget</a><span style="color: #000000;"> and determine </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/6-ways-fund-home-renovations/" target="_blank" style="color: #000000;">how you&#8217;ll finance the project</a></li> <li><span style="color: #000000;">Ensure you aren&#8217;t </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/before-you-sell/over-improving/" target="_blank" style="color: #000000;">overimproving your home for the neighborhood</a><span style="color: #000000;"> (which could make it hard to sell later)</span></li> <li><span style="color: #000000;">Investigate and obtain any necessary permits</span></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-renovation-team-trust-201009/" target="_blank" style="color: #000000;">Assemble your renovation team</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em style="color: #000000;">Get more </em><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/" target="_blank" style="color: #000000;"><em>home improvement inspiration</em></a><em style="color: #000000;">.</em></p> </section> <section> <h3>Think about selling.</h3> <p>If it would take a massive renovation to transform your home into a place you can love, or if the location just isn&#8217;t what you want, you might be better off selling and moving to a more suitable dwelling - provided you plan to stay for a while, which will make the expense and hassle of buying a new home worth the effort.</p> <p>Think selling might be your best option? Be sure to:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/buyers-or-sellers-market/" target="_blank">Research your local market</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/20-questions-for-seller-agents/" target="_blank">Connect with a good local agent</a></li> <li>Plan any <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/updates-increase-your-home-value-218078/" target="_blank">updates or repairs</a> buyers will expect</li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/benefits-of-a-pre-inspection/" target="_blank">Schedule a pre-inspection</a></li> <li>Make a plan for <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/staging-your-home/" target="_blank">staging your home</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><em>Get more </em><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/" target="_blank"><em>tips and advice about selling</em></a><em>.</em></p> </section> <section> <h2>What&#8217;s the real estate market like in your area?</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Which is a bigger issue in your home?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>How does your home compare to your neighbors&#8217; houses?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>If you renovated your home, how much longer could you live there?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>If you moved to a new home, how likely are you to stay there for seven years or longer?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Do you think your household will grow?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>How do you feel about your current neighbors?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Do you have an attic, basement or other raw space that could be finished?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>What&#8217;s the first thing you&#8217;d do if you decided to remodel?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>How do you deal with waiting in a long line that&#8217;s moving slowly?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>What would be the main goal of your renovation?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Which room(s) would you renovate?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Do you know what a HELOC is?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Which would you most like your home to have?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>How are the schools in your home&#8217;s district?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>How do you feel when you think about your home?</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/how-do-i-sell-my-house/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How Do I Sell My House: Getting Started</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/should-you-remodel-or-move/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Should You Remodel or Move?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-friendly-curb-appeal-194022/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">8 Curb Appeal Boosters You Can Do in a Weekend</a></li> </ul> <h6><em>Originally published March 2018.</em></h6> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=f5H4bFzRV4U:rpaaiVvy2CM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=f5H4bFzRV4U:rpaaiVvy2CM:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-renovate-home-or-sell-225199/feed/ 50 https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-renovate-home-or-sell-225199/ 2019-02-15 13:00 +00:00 2019-02-16 02:00 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=194022 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/IbyMKMfcDxc/ Home Improvement curb appeal Home selling homeownership 8 Curb Appeal Boosters You Can Do in a Weekend Win home shoppers over before they even think about stepping foot inside. Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:26:20 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-friendly-curb-appeal-194022/#comments Sarah Pike <p>A polished home exterior creates an inviting experience for visitors or passersby, which is especially important if <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/how-to-market-your-home-for-sale/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">your home is on the market</a>.</p> <p>Check out our tips to get the most curb appeal for the lowest cost - while turning your neighbors' heads and getting prospective buyers to your door.</p> <h2>Clean up</h2> <p>The easiest way to enhance curb appeal is dedicating a weekend to deep cleaning your home&#8217;s exterior.</p> <p>Sure, you'll want to trim bushes, sweep and mow your lawn, but there's more to curb appeal than keeping a tidy front yard. Turn the nozzle on your garden hose to the strongest setting and clean off your driveway, sidewalk, windows and fence.</p> <p>If dirt and grime are caked on your home's exterior, you can rent a powerwasher for around $50 to $75 a day. Just avoid areas with caulking, like windows and doors, because you can strip some of the sealing. And as tempting as it may be to powerwash your roof, don&#8217;t do it -  you may damage the shingles&#8217; coating.</p> <p>When it comes to your windows, spraying them with a garden hose isn't enough. For maximum sparkle, clean your windows outside and inside. Instead of relying on a glass cleaner, try a mix of detergent diluted in warm water.</p> <h2>Add shutters</h2> <p>Shutters are an easy way to accentuate the size of your windows. They make your windows look larger and add visual interest by disrupting a bland exterior wall. For maximum curb appeal, choose a shutter color that contrasts with your home&#8217;s color to make it pop.</p> <h2>Paint accent areas</h2> <p>Paint is a quick and easy curb appeal booster. Instead of painting the entire exterior of your home, focus on the trim, door and shutters.</p> <p>You can typically find a gallon of exterior paint for $20 to $30. But before you decide on a color, consider home exterior color trends, along with your home's natural style.</p> <h2>Give your door a face lift</h2> <p>If you don&#8217;t love your front door, you don't need to dish out loads of money to replace it. Think beyond paint - consider adding molding, which offers a decorative frame for your door that welcomes visitors.</p> <p>You can also add metal house numbers, which you can find for as low as $5 a number. And if seasonally appropriate, consider adding a wreath to your door as a bonus.</p> <h2>Replace your house numbers</h2> <p>If you'd rather not add house numbers to your freshly painted door, here are some alternative DIY ideas:</p> <ul> <li>Paint a terra-cotta planter with your house number and place it by your doorstep.</li> <li>Add house numbers to a post planter near your front porch.</li> <li>Use your front porch stair riser&#8217;s real estate by hanging or painting numbers there.</li> </ul> <h2>Update your light fixtures</h2> <p>Replacing your exterior light fixtures is another curb appeal must. You can usually find outdoor sconces for around $20 at home centers. Just make sure your new light fixtures have the same mounting system. And if you want to save on lighting, a fresh finish can do wonders. Try spray-painting them - a can of spray paint costs around $10.</p> <h2>Keep porch furniture neutral</h2> <p>Just as you would aim to simplify the interior of your home so shoppers can envision themselves living there, the exterior of your home should be neutral and welcoming too.</p> <p>Put your pink flamingo and wind chime collection into storage, and focus on porch decor that offers pops of color and character. You can find brightly colored outdoor chairs or throw pillows for $20 to $30 each.</p> <h2>Don&#8217;t forget the small things</h2> <p>These low-budget fixes make a big impact, so don&#8217;t forget the little details!</p> <ul> <li><strong>Upgrade your mailbox:</strong> Install a new mailbox for under $100, or spray paint your existing mailbox.</li> <li><strong>Plant a tree:</strong> A charming tree can up your curb appeal for as low as $20.</li> <li><strong>Build a tree bench: </strong>If you already have a tree you love, build a bench around it! Great for napping, picnicking or just hiding exposed roots, a wraparound tree bench costs only what you spend on boards and screws.</li> <li><strong>Install flower boxes:</strong> For around $20 each, flower boxes are a quick way to add some life and color to your windows. If flower boxes sound like too much work, try a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/grow-a-container-garden-175537/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">container garden</a> in pots by your front porch.</li> <li><strong>Hide eyesores:</strong> Place a small lattice fence or a side of paneling around your air conditioner, and hide your trash bins behind a small fence. You can also hide your hose in a pot or storage bench.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-myths-about-home-selling-148354/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Myths (and 5 Truths) About Selling Your Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/listing-descriptions-that-sell/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Property Descriptions 101: How to Write Listing Descriptions That Sell</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/prepare-your-house-for-sale-213113/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Must-Do&#8217;s Before Listing Your House for Sale</a></li> </ul> <h6><em>Originally published March 2018.</em></h6> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=IbyMKMfcDxc:_ErjrikIKSo:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=IbyMKMfcDxc:_ErjrikIKSo:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-friendly-curb-appeal-194022/feed/ 12 https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-friendly-curb-appeal-194022/ 2019-02-14 13:26 +00:00 2019-02-15 02:26 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514325/comment-ring-fencing-rules-could-mean-116-000-less-rentals?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Ring-fencing+rules+could+mean+116%2C000+less+rentals https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514325/comment-ring-fencing-rules-could-mean-116-000-less-rentals?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Ring-fencing+rules+could+mean+116%2C000+less+rentals COMMENT: Ring-fencing rules could mean 116,000 less rentals <p>Ring-fencing of rental losses on rental properties could end up resulting in 116,000 fewer rentals, Stop the War on Tenancies spokesman Mike Butler cautions.</p> Tue, 12 Feb 2019 09:29:00 +1300 2019-02-12 09:29 +13:00 2019-02-12 09:29 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=213113 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/RCMBCYdL7m8/ Home Improvement Cleaning curb appeal home maintenance Home selling 3 Must-Do's Before Listing Your House for Sale When it comes to first impressions, the little things make all the difference. Mon, 04 Feb 2019 13:24:40 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/prepare-your-house-for-sale-213113/#comments See Jane Drill <p>Planning to sell your house this year? Now&#8217;s the perfect time to prep it for listing!</p> <p>Set aside a couple of weekends to do the work, and follow these three steps. Then, get ready to make a great impression on potential buyers and cinch the deal.</p> <h2>Step 1: Clean and declutter</h2> <p>It may sound obvious, but the importance of cleaning and decluttering cannot be overstated. Here are some ideas to make this process nearly painless.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Eliminate clutter before cleaning:</strong> This is the time to purge your house of unwanted and unnecessary items. In addition to donating items to charity, consider giving them away through Craigslist or neighborhood sharing groups. Recyclers are often willing to pick up and haul away large metal items for free.</li> <li><strong>Deep clean your house:</strong> This step will probably involve the biggest time investment. Get the whole family involved if you can! Think of this as a pumped-up spring cleaning. Pay special attention to kitchens and bathrooms, and clean the inside and outside of your windows - this makes a striking improvement in the overall appearance of your house.</li> <li><strong>Organize closets, cabinets and drawers:</strong> In this case, out of sight is <em>not</em> out of mind. Many potential buyers will open cabinets and closets, because they are thinking about storage space. Clean and organized storage areas signal to buyers that you take care of the house.</li> </ul> <h2>Step 2: Make small repairs</h2> <p>Take care of these problems before you show the house for the first time. These are all fixes that you can do yourself.</p> <ul> <li>Fix any leaking faucets and running toilets.</li> <li>Replace caulking around tubs, showers and sinks.</li> <li>Freshen up or repair grout as needed.</li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/repair-doorknob-holes-walls-204457/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Repair walls</a> and repaint them in a neutral, generally pleasing color that complements your home.</li> <li>Fix cracked or broken windows.</li> <li>Replace or repair damaged window screens.</li> <li>Replace burned-out lightbulbs.</li> </ul> <h2>Step 3: Go for curb appeal</h2> <p>You want potential buyers to be charmed by the outside of your house so they look forward to coming inside. Extend your pumped-up spring cleaning to the outside of your house too.</p> <ul> <li>Trim bushes, shrubs and trees. Make sure vegetation isn&#8217;t touching your roof or siding.</li> <li>Repair broken downspouts and gutters.</li> <li>If it's appropriate for your yard, apply new mulch, river rock and/or pea gravel. This can do wonders for your landscaping and provide immediate <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-friendly-curb-appeal-194022/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">curb appeal</a>.</li> <li>Clean and repair concrete areas, such as driveways and walkways. Eliminate any oil or grease stains, and clean out any weeds coming up through the cracks.</li> <li>If it's seasonally appropriate, put out some pots of annuals, which will maintain their color for the season. Freshen up your doorstep with a new welcome mat and make sure the house numbers are easy to see.</li> </ul> <p>With just a moderate amount of effort, you can make your house beautiful and welcoming, both inside and out.</p> <p><em>Ready to put your home on the market? Check out our <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Home Sellers Guide</a> for more tips and resources.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-myths-about-real-estate-agents-227286/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Don&#8217;t Believe These 5 Myths About Real Estate Agents</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-myths-about-home-selling-148354/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Myths (and 5 Truths) About Selling Your Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/neighbors-matter-when-selling-213862/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">When Selling a Home, the Neighbors Matter</a></li> </ul> <h6><em>Originally published March 2017.</em></h6> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=RCMBCYdL7m8:nTu0ViBzTa0:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=RCMBCYdL7m8:nTu0ViBzTa0:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/prepare-your-house-for-sale-213113/feed/ 9 https://www.zillow.com/blog/prepare-your-house-for-sale-213113/ 2019-02-04 13:24 +00:00 2019-02-05 02:24 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=215734 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/QskduTqpK0M/ Unique Homes historic homes unique homes From Haylofts to Hardwoods: How One Family Salvaged a Historic Barn Great-grandparents milked cows here. A father and daughter both played in the hayloft as kids. Now a new generation runs barefoot on its wood. Thu, 31 Jan 2019 16:46:02 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/salvaging-a-family-barn-215734/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p>There's a century of history woven into the floors of a contemporary home east of Seattle: golden planks, shiny blondes and the occasional knotted gray.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It's just how Amanda Gatlin wanted it</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> - even if she didn&#8217;t expect it would involve recycling an entire Mississippi barn, with pieces dating back to when Woodrow Wilson was president.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It was my great-grandfather and grandfather and a bunch of people in the community who helped build it," said Gatlin, referring to the barn 2,300 miles away. "Some of the pieces of wood are 100-plus years old."</span></p> <p><img class="wp-image-218246 size-full aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/gatlin-barn-135f2f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="525" /></p> <p>What started out as a small undertaking - Gatlin and her husband, Jeff Layton, peeling away a couple wood slabs for a picture frame or accent wall in their Northwest new construction - quickly grew into something more.</p> <p>"I don't know how it transitioned from taking a few pieces to taking down the whole barn," said Jeff. "Amanda's dad talked to the landowner, and they said, 'You can come and take the whole thing.' That evolved into, &#8216;Gosh, let's <em>salvage</em> this thing.&#8217;"</p> <p><img class="wp-image-218222 size-full aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LEAVEN-5-5a04b2.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="531" /></p> <h2>&#8216;I called it my clubhouse&#8217;</h2> <p>In 1912, Amanda&#8217;s great-grandparents started a farm in rural Choctaw County, Mississippi, about two hours south of Memphis. They ran a small dairy operation while growing corn and cotton. In 1949, the family built a large wooden barn on the same piece of land.</p> <p>"The lumber was primarily white oak," said Boyd Gatlin, Amanda's father. "I think we kept three jersey cows and a bull. We would hand-milk in the morning, and then we sold it."</p> <p>"I grew up drinking raw milk. That's why I have such a great immune system," he joked.</p> <p><img class="wp-image-218223 size-full aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_3099-5d0dbf.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Boyd played in the barn as a child, jumping out of the hayloft or getting stung by wasps in the summer. His family eventually moved away, but they later learned the new owner added to the barn using wood from Boyd's grandparents' home nearby.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"So there are some unusual materials," Boyd said, "some of which had square nails, indicating they were more than 100 years old."</span></p> <p><img class="wp-image-218224 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5652-e2c4e4.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="607" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Gatlins repurchased the land when Amanda was 7, using it as a country home to spend weekends or vacations. The sale allowed her to play in the same barn her father played in as a kid.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I remember sitting up in that loft. I called it my clubhouse," she recalled. "You could dangle your legs over the side and look out onto the other house on the property - into the tall grass."</span></p> <h2>&#8216;We were swinging sledgehammers&#8217;</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Amanda and Jeff set out to salvage the barn in 2016, it no longer belonged to her family, but they struck an agreement with the landowner to take it apart. They booked a flight from Seattle to Mississippi for September, hoping Mother Nature would give them a break from the unrelenting summers of the South. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As with many aspects of the project, it was a lot more complicated than one might expect.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It was 95 degrees, super high humidity - it was just scorching hot," Jeff recalled. "We were swinging sledgehammers, and it was by hand. Everything was by hand."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple had done their research. A lot of people, it turns out, take apart barns for a living.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"[Other people are] using cherry pickers and forklifts. We didn't have access to that," Jeff said. "But as it turns out, it all came apart pretty easily. No electricity. It was all done by hand."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The duo used sledgehammers to take the barn down, piece by piece. Relatives and neighbors joined in for days at a time. A tornado that hit the area a few years back had loosened up some of the planks, making it a little easier.</span></p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hEleOiUdzv0?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsapi=1&#038;modestbranding=1&#038;rel=0&#038;showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They got lucky, they say, that there were no menacing bugs or wasps. They found some ants - and the occasional relic.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Sometimes we found bullets inside [the wood]," Jeff recalled. "Apparently it's really common in the South to go shooting at old barns."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It took the pair a full two weeks to take the building apart and remove the nails by hand. In the process, they discovered the barn was more than 90 percent hardwoods, forming a solid base for their Seattle home&#8217;s new floors.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They also discovered something else: the importance of family.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"One huge benefit of doing all this labor is that we've bonded with family," Amanda recalled. "You sweat together, you have lunch together. It's an amazing bonding experience."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Long hours toiling in the hot Mississippi sun sparked great stories of the family's deep roots. Amanda's father shared tales of living on the farm as a child. A cousin talked about flying helicopters in the Vietnam War. Another cousin drove up from Florida and helped for three days, along with her husband.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It created opportunities that we would not have had otherwise," Jeff added.</span></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5615-53d201.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5615-53d201.jpg" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_3143-6fc7f8.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_3143-6fc7f8.jpg" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5700-69d8b0.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5700-69d8b0.jpg" /><img width="800" height="530" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5717-10ffea.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5717-10ffea.jpg" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5755-81c34a.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5755-81c34a.jpg" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5793-cb9211.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5793-cb9211.jpg" /><img width="800" height="459" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5579-6c9587.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5579-6c9587.jpg" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5578-ff6d9f.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5578-ff6d9f.jpg" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5588-b427bf.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5588-b427bf.jpg" /><img width="800" height="535" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5647-1754d9.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5647-1754d9.jpg" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5637-e0a3fd.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_5637-e0a3fd.jpg" /></div> <h2>&#8216;He was telling me stories from the Navy&#8217;</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once the wood was taken apart, it had to be milled and transported across the country. A local Mississippi mill, dating back to 1875, sanded down the boards and created tongue-and-groove joints, costing the family about $6,000.</span></p> <p>"A lot of the pieces we were pulling down had that gray patina on it. The mill guys said that 20 years ago you couldn't give it away," Jeff said. "But now it has that aged look people are really looking for."</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jeff planned to drive the wood across the country. His father, who also lives near Seattle, was planning to meet him in Arkansas.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It was quite an adventure. The day I left Mississippi, there were all these tornado warnings. There were tornadoes touching down around me, and it was really dark," he recalls. "I was thinking, 'What am I doing? What have I done?'"</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jeff and his father drove through the South to escape the cold winter weather. The duo ended up having their own family experience getting the hardwoods back to the West Coast.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"He was telling me stories from the Navy. We talked politics and religion," Jeff added. "I got to spend all this great time with my dad."</span></p> <figure id="attachment_216715" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-216715 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LEAVEN-2-b570b2.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="531" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Amanda working on the hardwoods in her new home in Plain, Washington.</figcaption></figure> <h2>&#8216;Putting a puzzle together&#8217;</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With the wood safely back in Washington, the couple stored it for the winter, enduring subzero temperatures. They placed it in the garage of their rental home, covering the pieces with plastic and putting a heater in the room to keep the moisture down.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Before installing the wood, they sprayed it with an insecticide. The duo worked 12-hour days, laying out the floors in the main rooms, along the stairs and in a couple of small loft spaces.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They were working with five different board widths, along with different wood species. The couple loved the look - even at the risk of having the boards expand and contract at different rates.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"You basically start putting a puzzle together," Jeff says. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">That patchwork meant hiding some Easter eggs throughout the house - the couple found a smiley face in one plank of wood, placing it outside their son's room.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We would find different knots that look like things, [such as] an Eiffel Tower. We have a room that has two bears in it. We have one that looks like a wine spill," Jeff says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The installation, from bare floor to stained, finished wood, took the family about 2 1/2 weeks.</span></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LEAVEN-3-332bf8.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LEAVEN-3-332bf8.jpg" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LEAVEN-8-b2f0d5.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LEAVEN-8-b2f0d5.jpg" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LEAVEN-4-505e35.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LEAVEN-4-505e35.jpg" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_8333-ff95cf.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_8333-ff95cf.jpg" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LEAVEN-7-16920f.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LEAVEN-7-16920f.jpg" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_8296-64735d.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_8296-64735d.jpg" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_4960-042d3f.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_4960-042d3f.jpg" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_4948-ccbec4.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_4948-ccbec4.jpg" /></div> <h2>&#8216;A good substitute&#8217;</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple is now fully moved into their 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home and ready to welcome guests over the summer, when sunshine brings warm weather and ideal conditions for hiking, rafting and barbecues.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It wasn't the least expensive way to put floors down, added Boyd Gatlin, Amanda's father, but it is certainly special.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"In a nutshell, their flooring was quite expensive, but it is like no other in that it carries family memories," he said. "We had a house fire in 1960 that destroyed all family heirlooms, so Amanda and her cousin both felt the barn wood would be a good substitute."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Not all the wood was solid enough for the floors. Some of it became the lining of the master bath; the couple is also talking about doing some accent walls in wood.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_218257" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-218257 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSC_8353-f00a1a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="531" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">The family&#8217;s nearly complete home, about two hours east of Seattle.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Boyd commissioned two paintings of the barn from a relative. The family plans to build a picture frame out of the leftover wood and some of the square nails. Even the rusty old barn roof will be put to good use as siding on Jeff and Amanda's home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Most importantly, the family loves to share stories about how their hardwood floors were more than 100 years in the making.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We've been blown away by the results," he said.</span></p> <p><em>Photos by Jeff Layton, Amanda Gatlin and Boyd Gatlin.</em></p> <p><em>You can follow Jeff and Amanda&#8217;s progress on their blog, <a href="http://www.marriedtoadventure.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Married to Adventure</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-farmhouse-luxury-barn-208735/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Philadelphia Farmhouse Is a Historic Stunner</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-vermont-estate-221014/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">1800s Estate Proves History Is Anything But Drab</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/living-legacy-ross-hand-mansion-205906/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Living Legacy: Making a Family Home in a Historic Mansion</a></li> </ul> <h6><em>Originally published June 2017.</em></h6> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=QskduTqpK0M:2WDtY8RBnXE:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=QskduTqpK0M:2WDtY8RBnXE:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/salvaging-a-family-barn-215734/feed/ 6 https://www.zillow.com/blog/salvaging-a-family-barn-215734/ 2019-01-31 16:46 +00:00 2019-02-01 05:46 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=168891 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/-hhk9fWKYVo/ Tips & Advice historic homes home buying Victorian homes Is Buying a Historic Home Right for You? Hold on there, architecture aficionado! Consider these factors before making history your home. Thu, 31 Jan 2019 13:25:48 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-home-in-historic-district-168891/#comments Brendon DeSimone <p>Some home buyers want new, modern and move-in ready. Others prefer older homes, with character and charm they can't find in new construction. If you&#8217;re interested in historic homes, take these factors into consideration as you shop.</p> <h2>Historic neighborhoods often impose restrictions</h2> <p>Many towns throughout the U.S. have zoning and planning commissions that, among other things, set out to preserve and protect historic homes and neighborhoods.</p> <p>As a result, renovating and altering a historic home - particularly the building&#8217;s facade - will require a separate layer of approval and sometimes bureaucracy. If you buy a 100-year-old home, you may not be able to renovate it the way you want, and that is a serious consideration.</p> <p>Some landmark or historic districts retain an immense amount of control. As a result, renovations and planning can take longer and cost more. If you&#8217;re purchasing a historic home with intentions to renovate, you should consult both an architect and town officials.</p> <h2>Recreating architecture from the past can be challenging - and expensive</h2> <p>Let&#8217;s consider the example of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/victorian-homes/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Victorian-era homes</a>. Contractors and home builders constructed Victorian homes through the mid to late 19th century, often with materials that are no longer in use today.</p> <p>If you buy a home in less-than-perfect condition, finding the wainscoting, picture rails, crown moldings, and richly decorative and ornate features common in Victorian architecture can be tricky. Architectural salvage companies can track down these materials, but there&#8217;s often a steep cost attached.</p> <h2>Repair and maintenance needs could be extensive</h2> <p>Most buyers want move-in ready homes because they don't have the time, money or energy to embark on a renovation project. These buyers also don't want to be burdened with systems going out or having to live with older or outdated technology. For them, it's a quality of life issue.</p> <p>If you want a historic home, you need to have a maintenance strategy in mind. Unless you plan to do major renovations or updates (subject to any landmark or historic area regulations), you have to be ready to address issues that arise. Broken systems, leaks or flaws mean time and money.</p> <p>For history buffs, no amount of time commitment or money will stand between them and a one-of-a-kind home. That person appreciates the architecture and knows that intensive maintenance is par for the course. If you don't share that appreciation, a historic home is not right for you.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-connecticut-home-228001/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Historic Connecticut Home Once Hosted a Dancing George Washington</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/living-legacy-ross-hand-mansion-205906/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Living Legacy: Making a Family Home in a Historic Mansion</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-vermont-estate-221014/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">1800s Estate Proves History Is Anything But Drab</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.</em></p> <h6><em>Originally published February 2015.</em></h6> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=-hhk9fWKYVo:wHDiaDQN4eg:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=-hhk9fWKYVo:wHDiaDQN4eg:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-home-in-historic-district-168891/feed/ 13 https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-home-in-historic-district-168891/ 2019-01-31 13:25 +00:00 2019-02-01 02:25 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=208735 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/dSFvaL2k4jw/ Unique Homes house of the week This Philadelphia Farmhouse Is a Historic Stunner The renovated barn holds a second barn, so the structure looks authentic inside and out. Wed, 30 Jan 2019 13:58:57 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-farmhouse-luxury-barn-208735/#comments Melissa Allison <p>Take a stone farmhouse from 1810, mix it with the best furnishings you can find at flea markets in Paris, and the result is this exquisitely renovated <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/colonial-homes/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Colonial home</a> outside Philadelphia.</p> <p>A walk-in fireplace graces the living room, while the formal dining room boasts French doors that open onto a screened porch. For a cozier ambiance, the library of this 4-bedroom, 3,800-square-foot home features a fireplace and picture-window views.</p> <p>A beautifully upholstered floating wall was installed in one bedroom to allow a lake view while lounging in bed. A chandelier hangs above the bed, and behind it is a sitting room.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DJI_0006-Edit-082620-1024x768.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DJI_0006-Edit-082620.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-17-of-416-839a8d-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-17-of-416-839a8d.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-5-of-371-01ac0f-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-5-of-371-01ac0f.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-232-of-371-Edit-e87917-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" 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data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-202-of-371-2decba.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-145-of-371-Edit-f9b3fb-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-145-of-371-Edit-f9b3fb.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-156-of-371-e9af3c-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-156-of-371-e9af3c.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-149-of-371-Edit-faad9c-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-149-of-371-Edit-faad9c.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-43-of-371-b4a9f4-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-43-of-371-b4a9f4.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-46-of-371-HDR-d8c11d-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-46-of-371-HDR-d8c11d.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-333-of-416-Edit-3a116d-1024x683.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kurfiss-2500-3-Mile-Run-Rd-333-of-416-Edit-3a116d.jpg" /><img width="1024" height="671" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/SM-2636-Print1-Edit-3-df3b49-1024x671.jpg" class="owl-lazy" alt="" data-src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/SM-2636-Print1-Edit-3-df3b49.jpg" /></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Owners Michele and Michael Friezo also remade the nearly 8-acre grounds, adding formal and informal gardens. They planted more than 300 types of flowers in a meadow with a fire pit that overlooks a private lake.</p> <p>The pleasure of watching the sun on autumn evenings is rivaled only by watching the snow fall while sitting by a roaring fire in the barn, Michele Friezo said.</p> <p>The couple also renovated the estate&#8217;s crumbling horse barn, which is a rustic version of the main home. Concerned that adding insulation would take away the barn-like appearance of the structure&#8217;s interior, they bought a second barn and installed it inside the first one.</p> <p>The barn&#8217;s massive French windows face the meadow and the lake, offering front-row seats to the nesting of two bald eagles who live in a nearby grove of pine trees.</p> <p>The estate sold for $2.575 million with Caryn Black of <a href="http://www.kurfiss.com/bucks-county/perkasie-homes-for-sale/2500-three-mile-run-road-6801061" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kurfiss Sotheby&#8217;s International Realty</a>.</p> <p><em>Photos by<a href="http://www.juanvidalphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"> Juan Vidal Photography</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/living-legacy-ross-hand-mansion-205906/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Living Legacy: Making a Family Home in a Historic Mansion</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-connecticut-home-228001/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Historic Connecticut Home Once Hosted a Dancing George Washington</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/childhood-dream-home-228442/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Childhood Dream Home Turned Dream Come True</a></li> </ul> <h6><em>Originally published December 2016.</em></h6> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=dSFvaL2k4jw:DHd8x4oyCyE:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=dSFvaL2k4jw:DHd8x4oyCyE:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-farmhouse-luxury-barn-208735/feed/ 18 https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-farmhouse-luxury-barn-208735/ 2019-01-30 13:58 +00:00 2019-01-31 02:58 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=205906 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/fZrMLd3mdBM/ Unique Homes historic homes Living Legacy: Making a Family Home in a Historic Mansion From 800 square feet in sprawling Manhattan to 6,000 square feet in historic Nyack. Wed, 30 Jan 2019 13:52:06 Z Katherine Martinelli <p>Noah and Dennis Brodsky didn't set out to buy a historic home.</p> <p>They were just looking for a place that could provide a bit more room for their growing family than their 800-square-foot Manhattan apartment. But as soon as they saw this Nyack, New York, home, they knew it was meant to be.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/gothic-revival/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Gothic Revival</a> house hit all the marks they were looking for and more: It&#8217;s spacious with a gorgeous view of the Hudson River, and it&#8217;s within walking distance to town.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-pPYYznUaLU?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsapi=1&#038;modestbranding=1&#038;rel=1&#038;showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <h2>A powerful history</h2> <p>Discovering the home's history was an added bonus.</p> <p>Built in the 1850s, the 6,000-square-foot house was once owned by Thomas Edison's lab assistant, William H. Hand. Hand and Edison worked together often in the barn, making significant technological improvements to the battery.</p> <p>The house was in excellent condition when the Brodskys made the purchase in 2014. "What we really spent time doing was making it feel like ours," explains Noah.</p> <p>They changed the colors, added their own furniture and built a nursery for their baby. As an homage to the history of the house, they replaced the standard light bulbs in the kitchen with Edison bulbs.</p> <p>"That personalization is really where we put our energy," Noah remarks.</p> <h2>Quirks and challenges</h2> <p>While the home has been modernized, many historic touches - like original handmade crown moldings and a maid's bell system that no longer works - remain.</p> <p>Noah says that they also find relics hidden around the property. For example, in the backyard, they discovered an old smokehouse and a rusted animal-pulled mower buried in the ground.</p> <p>Living in a historic home can have its <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-home-in-historic-district-168891/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">quirky challenges</a>. Getting Wi-Fi throughout the house is "constantly frustrating" because of all the brick. And after the couple&#8217;s first chilly winter, they added insulation in the attic to help with the heating.</p> <h2>Tips for historic home buyers</h2> <p>Dennis advises overestimating maintenance costs. If something needs to be restored or fixed in a historic home, often you can't simply call a contractor.</p> <p>Additionally, the couple didn't anticipate the impact that having a home on the National Registry of Historic Places would have on their <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-homes-modern-insurance-169604/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">insurance costs</a>.</p> <p>"But it's a lovely house," says Noah, and the two are relishing creating new family traditions in it.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-connecticut-home-228001/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Historic Connecticut Home Once Hosted a Dancing George Washington</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2019-design-forecast-whats-in-whats-out-229968/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2019 Design Forecast: What&#8217;s In, What&#8217;s Out</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/barn-style-house-229743/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Home Looks Like a Barn (But Has Enough Room to Be a Small Castle)</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published November 22, 2016. </em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=fZrMLd3mdBM:ITABXKET2fI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=fZrMLd3mdBM:ITABXKET2fI:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/living-legacy-ross-hand-mansion-205906/ 2019-01-30 13:52 +00:00 2019-01-31 02:52 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=221014 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/1EdgvPyUTFQ/ Unique Homes historic homes house of the week 1800s Estate Proves History Is Anything But Drab With bold colors (flamingo pink!) and whimsical wallpaper, this historic Vermont home is a fresh take on old meets new. Tue, 29 Jan 2019 13:43:17 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-vermont-estate-221014/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Steven Favreau is the type to go big - and go home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When he set out to put down roots near his hometown of Boston, Favreau fell in love with an <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/277-Vt-Rte-110-Chelsea-VT/92012801_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">old country estate in quaint Chelsea, Vermont</a>. It was the perfect place for this interior designer to escape from the hubbub of big city life after working with celebrity clients and more.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It was a quintessential Vermont house in a quintessential Vermont town," said Favreau, about spotting the house in 2012. "I hopped on a plane and bought it the next week."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221034" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1223_tonemappedTest12-a0d9a7.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="529" /></p> <p>Built in 1832, the house was once owned by a man named Aaron Davis, whose family lived in it for at least 100 years. Davis' granddaughter eventually sold the 23-acre property in the 1980s, and the new owner converted it into a bed-and-breakfast. (There's still a portrait of Davis above one of the home's five fireplaces.)</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221052 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/277VT110-207-HDR-5260f3.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After Favreau purchased the 5-bed, 5-bath home, he sought to restore it to its original grandeur - at a frenetic pace. A contractor brought in a crew to rework everything from the wiring (it was a fire waiting to happen) to the wallpaper (there were eight layers throughout the house). The workers even put in a massive new beam to support the house and keep it from sinking.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221044 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/277VT110-119-HDR2-5c855d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221060 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/277VT110-263-HDR-96c33f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Up next on the designer&#8217;s list: keeping the look, feel and integrity of the antique touches, while updating the space to accommodate today's trends. He tore out a downstairs wall to expand the kitchen to 700 square feet; the master suite got a modern bath with a soaking tub.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221062 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/277VT110-275-HDR-b94906.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Favreau painted walls in his signature bright colors and added bold wallpaper. He lined the master bathroom with t</span>ree-print wallpaper. The dining room got a splash of flamingo pink with a print of Victorian-looking cake plates - a nod to the era in which the house was built.</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-221050 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/277VT110-191-HDR-88d51b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"What I wanted to use for inspiration was the house and the period of the house, so nodding to the period and updating it with a contemporary aesthetic," Favreau said. "It says today, but it also says yesterday."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221019 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/277VT110-163-HDR-fd01e6.jpg" alt="" width="533" height="800" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some things are distinctly New England. A wooden footbridge connects the main property to 22 secluded acres on the other side of the White River. On warm summer nights, Favreau&#8217;s family will pull a dining room table out onto the bridge and dine alfresco.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-221029 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1208_tonemappedTest11-0b34b0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the winter, the adjacent land allows for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-221027 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1199_tonemappedTest11-dcf67d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>There's also an old wood barn, which Favreau envisions becoming an event space for weddings or storage. The possibilities for the next owner are limitless, he said.</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-221069 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/277VT110-355-HDR2-54dc1a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's a big glorious house, and my family is a big glorious family. We've enjoyed it," he added. "I feel like I've loved my time being there and up in Vermont, but it's time to find the next one. Maybe an oceanside property."</span></p> <p>The home is on the market for $695,000. Zoe Hathorn Washburn of Snyder Donegan carries <a href="https://www.snyderdonegan.com/listing/4630362/277-vt-route-110-chelsea-vt-05038/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">the listing</a>.</p> <p><em>Interior photos courtesy of <a href="http://www.mountaingraphics.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jim Mauchly of Mountain Graphics Photography</a>. Exterior photos courtesy of Andrew Holson with <a href="https://www.snyderdonegan.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Snyder Donegan Real Estate Group</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cave-house-229909/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Hibernate Luxuriously in This 5,572-Square-Foot Cave Mansion</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2019-design-forecast-whats-in-whats-out-229968/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2019 Design Forecast: What&#8217;s In, What&#8217;s Out</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/barn-style-house-229743/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Home Looks Like a Barn (But Has Enough Room to Be a Small Castle)</a></li> </ul> <h6><em>Originally published September 2017.</em></h6> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=1EdgvPyUTFQ:5xYsJCF2LnA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=1EdgvPyUTFQ:5xYsJCF2LnA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-vermont-estate-221014/feed/ 39 https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-vermont-estate-221014/ 2019-01-29 13:43 +00:00 2019-01-30 02:43 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=228001 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/mMPtrtt7YkI/ Unique Homes Colonial historic homes unique homes This Historic Connecticut Home Once Hosted a Dancing George Washington One of the oldest homes in Connecticut, this house has been a tavern, an arts guild and now a stylish family home. Mon, 28 Jan 2019 17:34:04 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-connecticut-home-228001/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>Built in 1680 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this center hall Colonial home in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1-Sill-Ln-Old-Lyme-CT-06371/157572578_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Old Lyme, Connecticut</a>, is not only a living testament to early American architecture - it's also got a storied past of its own.</p> <p>The home once served as a storefront during the Revolutionary War and was largely used as the Peck Tavern throughout the second half of the 18th century and early part of the 19th century.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228009" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11-6a4f8d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="524" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228016" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/23-b46161.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="524" /></p> <p>It's even rumored that George Washington stopped by to dance in the former ballroom, which is now used as the master bedroom.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228018" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/27-27e535.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="530" /></p> <p>The house was also once headquarters for the Old Lyme Guild, an organization started in the 1930s that exhibited and sold arts and crafts.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228011" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/15-588618.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="512" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228012" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/17-9ed9b1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="542" /></p> <p>For a period of time, there were even shops for cabinetmakers, bookbinders, metal workers, potters and weavers out in the barn.</p> <p>"Can you imagine the conversations that have happened in this house? That's something I like to think about," says the homeowner.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228020" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/37-3646fa.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="529" /></p> <p>In addition to its spectacular history, the home is also architecturally significant. Hand-hewn beamed ceilings and corner posts, original wide-board floors, and rare double-arched paneling that was specific to the Connecticut River Valley in the 18<span style="font-size: 13.3333px;">th</span> century are just a few of the unique features in the home.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228010" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13-cd1bec.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="516" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228019" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/31-6b1f4f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="530" /></p> <p>Updated for modern living (yet still keeping the historical integrity), the home now has geothermal heating and cooling, a modern kitchen and updated bathrooms, and plenty of space for entertaining.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228013" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/18-d95792.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="515" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-228015" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/22-083ec4.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="518" /></p> <p>"It's been a wonderful house to share with friends and family," says the homeowner.</p> <p>The home is <a href="http://www.1silllane.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">listed for $1.075 million</a> by William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty.</p> <p><em>Photos courtesy of Peter Harron.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-vermont-estate-221014/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">1800s Estate Proves History Is Anything But Drab</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/small-town-homes-for-sale-229674/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Small-Town Charm: 8 Homes for Sale in Less Populated Areas</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/park-slope-townhome-renovation-229718/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Park Slope Townhome That Went From &#8216;Mess&#8217; to Masterpiece</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published July 2018.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=mMPtrtt7YkI:xKPjhkFnjNU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=mMPtrtt7YkI:xKPjhkFnjNU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-connecticut-home-228001/feed/ 27 https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-connecticut-home-228001/ 2019-01-28 17:34 +00:00 2019-01-29 06:34 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=224704 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/OH_ABCqkfPE/ Home Improvement homeownership Renting Quiz: How Much Do You Love Your Home? We're gathered here today to find out ... when it comes to your home, is love enough? Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:00:47 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-love-your-home-224704/#comments Jill Regal <p>Your life changes over time: new relationships, new jobs, new hobbies. Sometimes, you can make changes to your home to adapt to your lifestyle - but sometimes you can't. And the hardest part? Knowing when to let go.</p> <p>Take our quiz to find out your relationship status - with your living space.</p> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="138463" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/138463?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>How Much Do You Love Your Home?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>You&#8217;re in the honeymoon phase.</h2> <p>Your weekends consist of trips to the hardware store, DIY projects and shopping for deck furniture online. Sure, it takes a couple of days to text your friends back - and you have half the money you used to - but you don't sweat it. Right now, you only have eyes for one thing: your new home.</p> </section> <section> <h3>You&#8217;re in the sweatpants phase.</h3> <p>Your thermostat runs on a program, and every knickknack has a place. You've made peace with the orange paint in the downstairs bathroom, and your ideal activity is putting on (mostly) clean sweatpants to chill on the couch. Things aren't as exciting as they used to be - but why mess with a good thing?</p> </section> <section> <h3>You&#8217;re in the seven-year-itch phase.</h3> <p>You're starting to notice the cracks in the ceiling, and you wonder if you're ever going to finish the basement. These days, your home stresses you out more than anything. You're at a fork in the road: You can either commit to your home for the long haul - or <a href="http://zillow.com/buy" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">move on</a>.</p> </section> <section> <h3>You&#8217;re ready to move on.</h3> <p><span style="background-color: transparent;">You look at other homes every spare moment, and you've started sending them to your spouse, your friends and even your boss. Whether or not you've admitted it to yourself, you're ready to </span><a href="http://zillow.com/buy" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">move on</a><span style="background-color: transparent;"> and find your dream home.</span></p> </section> <section> <h2>You're going to paint your living room. Which color do you choose?</h2> </section> <section> <h3>How do you set up your dining room for dinner parties?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Be honest: What does your guest room look like right now?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>What's your next home project?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>What are you saving for?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>How do you spend your weekends?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>How would you describe your neighbors?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>What kinds of pictures are on your Pinterest board?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>And speaking of social media … what was the last Facebook ad you clicked on?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Which quote do you identify with the most?</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2019-design-forecast-whats-in-whats-out-229968/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2019 Design Forecast: What&#8217;s In, What&#8217;s Out</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/barn-style-house-229743/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Home Looks Like a Barn (But Has Enough Room to Be a Small Castle)</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-home-bar-type-217390/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Quiz: What Type of Bar Should You Build in Your Home?</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=OH_ABCqkfPE:uvmuH9jZR_A:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=OH_ABCqkfPE:uvmuH9jZR_A:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-love-your-home-224704/feed/ 83 https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-love-your-home-224704/ 2019-01-18 13:00 +00:00 2019-01-19 02:00 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=230068 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/FjndvxZrxOk/ Unique Homes unique homes Dreaming of Warmer Weather? These 7 Sunny Homes Are Under $300K When your arms are sore from shoveling show, it's only natural to fantasize about migrating south for the winter. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:29:05 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/warm-weather-homes-under-300k-230068/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>Whether you&#8217;re thinking about a permanent move for milder weather or going the seasonal snowbird route, here are eight affordable homes in the warmest cities in the country, all to inspire your search for warmth.</p> <h2>A bright bungalow in Florida</h2> <p>For sale: $299,900</p> <p>This Spanish bungalow in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/310-Kenilworth-Blvd-West-Palm-Beach-FL-33405/46938973_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">West Palm Beach, Florida,</a> has everything you need to escape the cold weather: a vibrant green yard, a brightly colored exterior and a back patio perfect for sipping on a beachy cocktail.</p> <p>If you ever happen to make it inside, you&#8217;ll find hardwood floors throughout, an abundance of natural light from the Florida sunshine and unique details, such as arched windows and a clawfoot tub for soaking.</p> <figure id="attachment_230069" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/310-Kenilworth-Blvd-West-Palm-Beach-FL-33405/46938973_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-230069 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/West-Palm-Beach-FL-6c6e56.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/310-Kenilworth-Blvd-West-Palm-Beach-FL-33405/46938973_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/west-palm-beach-fl/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">West Palm Beach</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>Picturesque in the low country</h2> <p>For sale: $284,900</p> <p>If you&#8217;re looking for the definition of a picture-perfect cottage, you might just find a picture of this home in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/920-La-Chere-St-Beaufort-SC-29902/68765999_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Beaufort, South Carolina.</a></p> <p>Besides all the hallmarks of a Southern home - a white picket fence, plantation shutters and brick steps up to the front porch - this home also features an oversized screened-in back porch, ideal for enjoying those low country breezes. When you&#8217;re not spending time outside, you can enjoy custom cabinetry and cozy built-in shelves for reading books on a lazy summer day (even in the middle of January).</p> <figure id="attachment_230077" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/920-La-Chere-St-Beaufort-SC-29902/68765999_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-230077 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Beaufort-SC-e103a4.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/920-La-Chere-St-Beaufort-SC-29902/68765999_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/beaufort-sc/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Beaufort</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>A Spanish revival in the Southwest</h2> <p>For sale: $299,900</p> <p>This Spanish revival home in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2313-N-13th-St-Phoenix-AZ-85006/7532822_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Phoenix, Arizona,</a> is likely to make you forget that winter ever existed in the first place. Built in 1925 and considered a contributing historic property, this home has all of the Southwest charm you could ask for: colorful stucco on the exterior, a Spanish tile roof and a vibrant interior.</p> <figure id="attachment_230071" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2313-N-13th-St-Phoenix-AZ-85006/7532822_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-230071 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Phoenix-AZ-2cdd19.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2313-N-13th-St-Phoenix-AZ-85006/7532822_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/phoenix-az/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Phoenix</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>A historic hideaway on the Texas coast</h2> <p>For sale: $289,900</p> <p>Built in 1886 in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1502-20th-St-Galveston-TX-77550/27658309_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Galveston, Texas,</a> this home gives you a sense of history and plenty of character - all within a few blocks of the beach. The home greets you with a double stained-glass door entrance and continues to enchant inside with a grand staircase, wide-plank wood floors and trace ceilings. Other details like a spacious galley kitchen and a master bedroom with a fireplace create a pretty spectacular Gulf Coast getaway.</p> <figure id="attachment_230074" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1502-20th-St-Galveston-TX-77550/27658309_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-230074 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Galveston-TX-2bd986.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1502-20th-St-Galveston-TX-77550/27658309_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/galveston-tx/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Galveston</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>A rare Queen Anne in Alabama</h2> <p>For sale: $280,000</p> <p>This sunny early-20th-century Queen Anne in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1004-Texas-St-Mobile-AL-36604/51026306_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mobile, Alabama,</a> is a rare architectural find for the city, and this one has been painstakingly remodeled for life in the 21st.</p> <p>In addition to a major kitchen renovation - featuring quartz countertops and open shelving - new pine flooring coats the whole house, and all the walls have locally sourced tongue-and-groove paneling that brightens the space. This home also has plenty of spots to curl up and enjoy the Alabama warmth that permeates throughout the winter, including a charming front porch and a bay window that lets in plenty of sunshine.</p> <figure id="attachment_230072" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1004-Texas-St-Mobile-AL-36604/51026306_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-230072 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Mobile-AL-0ea7bc.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="532" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1004-Texas-St-Mobile-AL-36604/51026306_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mobile-al/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mobile</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>A spectacular stucco home in Arizona</h2> <p>For sale: $280,000</p> <p>This charismatic pueblo-like home in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1233-E-12th-St-Tucson-AZ-85719/8501168_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tucson, Arizona,</a> is optimal for living like it&#8217;s summer year-round. A Southwest color scheme greets you in the front of the house, with orange steps, a teal barrier wall and creamy stucco on the home&#8217;s exterior. The backyard, however, is really primed for all-year outdoor living with a built-in barbecue and in-ground pool - perfect for those scorching summer days ahead.</p> <figure id="attachment_230070" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1233-E-12th-St-Tucson-AZ-85719/8501168_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-230070 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Tucson-AZ-366667.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1233-E-12th-St-Tucson-AZ-85719/8501168_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/tucson-az/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tucson</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>A beachy bungalow</h2> <p>For sale: $279,000</p> <p>We&#8217;d kiss our snow shovel goodbye in a heartbeat for this dreamy beach bungalow in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/827-SE-2nd-Ave-Delray-Beach-FL-33483/46775743_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Delray Beach, Florida</a>.</p> <p>The front walkway and garden - complete with palm trees - is a great place to park your Adirondack chairs for a morning coffee or an evening mai tai. If you ever need to escape the Florida humidity, the home also boasts a custom-built theater system, and it&#8217;s just a few minutes away from the nearest beach.</p> <figure id="attachment_230075" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/827-SE-2nd-Ave-Delray-Beach-FL-33483/46775743_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-230075 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Delray-Beach-FL-13a6c0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/827-SE-2nd-Ave-Delray-Beach-FL-33483/46775743_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/delray-beach-fl/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Delray Beach</a> homes for sale.</p> <h6><em>Top photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Palm-Springs-CA/house_type/18032866_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/small-town-homes-for-sale-229674/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Small-Town Charm: 8 Homes for Sale in Less Populated Areas</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2019-design-forecast-whats-in-whats-out-229968/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2019 Design Forecast: What&#8217;s In, What&#8217;s Out</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/barn-style-house-229743/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Home Looks Like a Barn (But Has Enough Room to Be a Small Castle)</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=FjndvxZrxOk:bbO9AQkKQyI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=FjndvxZrxOk:bbO9AQkKQyI:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/warm-weather-homes-under-300k-230068/feed/ 21 https://www.zillow.com/blog/warm-weather-homes-under-300k-230068/ 2019-01-15 20:29 +00:00 2019-01-16 09:29 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=230087 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/vYvX5t_X23w/ Home Improvement Appliances winter Furnace, Boiler or Heat Pump? Time for Heating Systems 101 If your current heating system yields cold hands and frozen toes - it might be time to upgrade. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:03:09 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/heating-systems-101-230087/#comments Steve Asbell <p>Heating your home accounts for an inordinate portion of your utility bill, so it pays to choose the most efficient heating system possible. This doesn't necessarily mean you should upgrade to a different type of system, however.</p> <p>Generally speaking, it's a bad idea to convert from forced air to central heating, or vice versa, since the benefits rarely justify the cost. Instead, upgrade to a more efficient version of your existing furnace or boiler when it's too expensive to repair - but weigh your options carefully.</p> <p>Here's a rundown of the most commonly used heating systems, along with their advantages and disadvantages, to help you make the most appropriate choice for your home, climate and wallet.</p> <h2>Furnaces</h2> <p>Also known as forced air, furnaces are the most commonly used heating systems in the U.S. because they're reliable and relatively inexpensive. Gas furnaces are rated for efficiency by their annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating. This shows how much energy is successfully converted to usable heat.</p> <p>If your furnace needs to be replaced, the silver lining is that modern furnaces are more efficient than ever, and some premium models even reach an AFUE rating of 97 percent. When purchasing a furnace, choose one that's appropriately sized for your home so that it doesn't put undue wear and tear on your system or waste energy.</p> <table class="table"> <tbody> <tr> <th style="text-align: center;">Pros</th> <th style="text-align: center;">Cons</th> </tr> <tr> <td> <ul> <li>Inexpensive to install</li> <li>Reliable and low-maintenance</li> <li>Have a long life span, especially electric models</li> <li>Can be retrofitted to filter and clean your home's air</li> <li>Already installed in most homes, thus easier to replace</li> </ul> </td> <td> <ul> <li>Can produce and kick up more allergens</li> <li>Warm air is easily lost through ducts and within the house</li> <li>Gas furnaces can be dangerous, creating a risk of fire or carbon monoxide poisoning</li> <li>Furnaces powered by electricity are safer, but cost more to run</li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Boilers</h2> <p>Boilers use water to generate and distribute heat through pipes and radiators, heating the air, floors, wall and baseboards as it travels in a loop. They can be powered via natural gas, electricity or propane, and they use the following systems to distribute heat:</p> <ul> <li>Steam radiators are the old-fashioned metal things you've seen along the walls in older buildings.</li> <li>Hot water radiators are the newer reincarnation and allow more control and versatility.</li> <li>Hydronic radiant floor heating treats the entire floor of a room like a giant radiator, using tubing under the flooring to distribute heat to toasty toes. While efficient, hydronic radiant floor heating is expensive to install and replace.</li> </ul> <p>Like furnaces, boilers are rated by AFUE score.</p> <table class="table"> <tbody> <tr> <th style="text-align: center;">Pros</th> <th style="text-align: center;">Cons</th> </tr> <tr> <td> <ul> <li>Usually runs more quietly than forced air systems</li> <li>Doesn't kick up dust, which makes for much better air quality</li> <li>Can be retrofitted to heat water</li> <li>Can be more efficient than forced air systems</li> </ul> </td> <td> <ul> <li>Boilers are often more expensive to purchase and install than forced air systems</li> <li>Water can leak when the system is damaged or nears the end of its life</li> <li>Most boilers are powered by natural gas, which isn't available in all areas</li> <li>Aren't necessary in areas with mild winters</li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Heat pumps</h2> <p>These extremely efficient systems take advantage of existing temperatures (either outdoors, underwater or underground) to heat, cool and humidify your home.</p> <p>There are three types of heat pumps:</p> <ul> <li>Air-source heat pumps are the most common and circulate refrigerant between the outdoor heat pump and indoor air handler.</li> <li>Split ductless systems use one to four indoor air handlers, which are mounted high up on walls and controlled by a remote.</li> <li>Geothermal systems are incredibly efficient because they take advantage of temperatures in the ground, pond or a well, but they aren't practical or affordable for most homeowners.</li> </ul> <p>When selecting a heat pump system, consider the size, noise output and efficiency rating. The heating efficiency is measured by heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF), and the cooling efficiency is measured by seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER).</p> <table class="table"> <tbody> <tr> <th style="text-align: center;">Pros</th> <th style="text-align: center;">Cons</th> </tr> <tr> <td> <ul> <li>Very efficient, saving lots of money in the long run</li> <li>Can be used all year for both heating and cooling</li> <li>Can be modified with a desuperheater, which assists in heating your water</li> <li>Newer models are appropriate for colder climates</li> <li>Naturally dehumidifies the home in summer, making it ideal for the Southeast</li> </ul> </td> <td> <ul> <li>More expensive than forced air or central heating</li> <li>Inappropriate for small lots</li> <li>Fans can be noisy</li> <li>Requires more maintenance than other systems</li> <li>In cold climates, you may require an auxiliary heating system that kicks in when temperatures become too low</li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-5-fireplace-questions-229654/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Your Top 5 Fireplace Questions, Answered</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-tips-for-achieving-maximum-coziness-229645/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9 Tips for Achieving Maximum Coziness</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-what-does-your-dream-cabin-look-like-229529/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Quiz: What Does Your Dream Cabin Look Like?</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=vYvX5t_X23w:SCnDXOg9uEM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=vYvX5t_X23w:SCnDXOg9uEM:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/heating-systems-101-230087/feed/ 13 https://www.zillow.com/blog/heating-systems-101-230087/ 2019-01-15 18:03 +00:00 2019-01-16 07:03 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514150/comment-how-to-fix-the-housing-crisis?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+How+to+fix+the+housing+crisis https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514150/comment-how-to-fix-the-housing-crisis?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+How+to+fix+the+housing+crisis COMMENT: How to fix the housing crisis <p>Dealing with the housing &ldquo;crisis&rdquo; doesn&rsquo;t need rocket science, just a clearly articulated set of steps and fast action, argues property commentator Ashley Church.</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 08:00:00 +1300 2019-01-10 08:00 +13:00 2019-01-10 08:00 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=210867 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/FEGySamY9b4/ Home Improvement gardening What Your Houseplants Need to Make It Through Winter Winter doldrums, be gone! With just a little love and care, your plants can thrive despite the chill. Mon, 07 Jan 2019 13:31:50 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/houseplant-care-in-winter-210867/#comments Steve Asbell <p>It isn't just you - your houseplants really do look worse in winter. Blame it on dry air, shorter days, changing light patterns, cold drafts - and the fact that some plants go nearly dormant in winter anyway, even in their own habitat.</p> <p>These obstacles make houseplants more vulnerable to problems like overwatering, poor drainage and pests than ever before, but don't let it bring you down. Instead of counting down the days until spring comes - or your plant dies on its own - follow these guidelines to keep your plants healthy all season long.</p> <h2>Identify your plant's unique needs</h2> <p>Start by treating each plant as an individual. This is especially important in winter. Some plants go dormant and need drier soil, low light and cooler air, while others still want moist soil, bright light and warm, humid air.</p> <p>So, do a little research. Perform a quick search on your phone or visit the bookstore or library to identify your plants and determine their needs.</p> <p>If you're still unsure of their identities, follow the general guidelines below and assume they need lightly moist soil, good drainage, ventilation, humidity and a little more attention to keep them pest- and disease-free.</p> <h2>Water the right way</h2> <p>Before you water, make sure your pot has a drainage hole to prevent rot and a saucer to catch excess moisture.</p> <p>When the top half-inch of soil is dry, water thoroughly with a watering can that has a narrow spout, which keeps you from splashing the leaves and inadvertently spreading soilborne diseases.</p> <p>Watering deeply promotes healthier root growth and flushes out any excess salts from your tap water that may have accumulated over time.</p> <h2>Provide humidity for jungle plants</h2> <p>Winter&#8217;s dry air is uncomfortable for us, but it's even more uncomfortable for houseplants. After all, most common indoor plants come from steamy tropical forests, so they have a hard enough time adapting to household habitats. Worse yet, dry air also leads to pest infestations, like spider mites and mealybugs.</p> <p>To prevent dry leaves and create a humid microclimate for your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/easy-care-palm-plants-191031/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">jungle-dwelling houseplants</a>, place them on a tray of pebbles and fill the tray halfway with water, which will slowly evaporate and give the immediate area a humidity boost. Otherwise, mist the leaves twice a day or refer to the tip below.</p> <h2>Group plants together by needs</h2> <p>Since houseplants seem to struggle more in winter, group them together by needs to simplify your life and prolong theirs.</p> <p>For plants that are actively growing (most common houseplants fit this description), choose a well-lit bathroom or kitchen so they can benefit from the extra humidity created by running water.</p> <p>Place desert plants like cacti and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/air-plants-succulents-173418/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">succulents</a> in a south-facing window so they can receive the maximum amount of direct sunlight.</p> <p>If you have subtropical bulbs or flowering plants that require a rest in winter, place them in a cool area with indirect light and only water them when the potting mix is dry.</p> <h2>Inspect whenever you water</h2> <p>Having a green thumb has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with being observant. Every time you water your houseplants, look closely at the leaves, stems and potting mix. You have nothing else to do while standing there with your watering can, so take the time to appreciate your plant's uniquely patterned leaves and - wait, was that a bug?</p> <p>Even if you couldn't identify a mealybug if your life depended on it, you'll discover (and remove) all sorts of things if you wipe the leaves occasionally with a damp rag and cotton swab.</p> <h2>Prevent the spread of pests and diseases</h2> <p>Houseplants are especially prone to bacterial diseases this time of year, so pay close attention to them.</p> <p>Remove and discard any dead leaves that appear or fall in the potting mix - they make ideal hiding places and breeding grounds for <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/pests-bugs-out-house-202394/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">pests</a> and diseases. To prevent stagnant air around your plants, increase ventilation with a small fan.</p> <p>Wash your hands and tools before and after handling them, and immediately separate or discard any diseased or infested plants so they can recover without infecting the others. If the leaves are stunted, mottled and twisted, the plant likely has a virus and should be discarded immediately.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/repotting-plants-208011/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Repotting Plants: Give Them a New Home Sweet Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-space-work-181983/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Design Tricks That Will Make Your Small Space Feel Big</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/diy-vertical-garden-227769/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Build Your Own Vertical Garden With Shipping Pallets</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published February 2017.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=FEGySamY9b4:w-_ansmK1cw:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=FEGySamY9b4:w-_ansmK1cw:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/houseplant-care-in-winter-210867/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/houseplant-care-in-winter-210867/ 2019-01-07 13:31 +00:00 2019-01-08 02:31 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=225313 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/zVjRXuEeIvg/ Unique Homes treehouses unique homes Explore a Tiny Tropical Treehouse in Hawaii What's better than a tiny home? One that's 15 feet up in the air and built for less than it costs to buy a new car. Mon, 07 Jan 2019 13:03:17 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-tropical-treehouse-in-hawaii-225313/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">No one ever complains about Hawaii.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">That's one reason why Kristie Wolfe bought a piece of land there sight unseen. She went from spotting the overgrown, verdant lot on Craigslist to chatting with the owner to buying a plane ticket to clear the underbrush for building - all in the span of just two days.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It could've gone a lot of awful ways, but I didn't see it until I had flown here to start building," Wolfe said. "I had never been to Hawaii, and I knew I wanted to build a treehouse, so I was thinking tropical."</span></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/i-0If44yHXY" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The vision for the 230-square-foot getaway came from sketches Wolfe drew on restaurant napkins. The Idaho native envisioned a lush, lofted escape with a 4-foot wraparound lanai for endless tropical sunsets and rainforest views.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Making that happen, however, required a lot of hard work - and a chain saw.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"When we arrived, the first step was actually just finding the land. My road was so overgrown that we actually thought the end of the road was down the block," Wolfe chuckled. "After we actually established where it was, the next step was clearing a path so we could come through."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225476" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HiloTreehouse_133_20180130__DSC8406-f86101.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1199" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wolfe had good company for the build: She brought her mom along for the adventure. The two had worked hand in hand since Wolfe was a child and her mother flipped houses around town, "before flipping was a thing," Wolfe joked. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For this undertaking, they wanted to maximize every dime, so they used all their precious luggage space for tools. That forced the duo to wear every article of clothing they brought with them on the plane.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They landed on the Big Island in a sweat.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225467" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HiloTreehouse_060_20180131__DSC8533-3b6ac4.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The budget, on the other hand, was something they could chill out about: $11,000 - cheaper than the price of a new car. With the half-acre lot cleared, Wolfe and her mother got to work, building the main living space 15 feet high up on stilts.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The duo recycled and upcycled everything they purchased. The 1970s vintage fern wallpaper came from Etsy, while the bed was cobbled together from scrap materials. </span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225469" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HiloTreehouse_075_20180131__DSC8467-dbec67.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wolfe crafted the headboard out of a long shipping tube that originally held the home's window parts; she then covered it with a grass mat.</span></p> <p>The duo built an indoor-outdoor shower with tiles made out of cork. They added air plants for a true tropical vibe.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225538" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HiloTreehouse_087_20180131__DSC8552-744b0c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1199" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With sun plentiful in the tropical climate, Wolfe installed solar panels to provide electricity to the home and a rainwater catchment for the toilet and the shower. There&#8217;s a copper-colored sink below latticed porthole windows that look out onto the forest.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225541" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HiloTreehouse_101_20180131__DSC8510-4dda91.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1199" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On the main entry level, she built a hanging bed.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225464" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HiloTreehouse_027_20180130__DSC8218-c4094e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">At the last minute, Wolfe also built a pulley so guests have an easy way to hoist their luggage to the main area. (She jokes that the device should have been the first thing she installed, since it would have made construction much easier.)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The entire home took 2 1/2 months to finish.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225466" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HiloTreehouse_056_20180131__DSC8529-d238ca.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There's snorkeling and hiking nearby. The home is also near Hilo and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where Wolfe often travels to watch lava flow into the ocean.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"[The lava] looks like the end of the world," she said. "You can walk within feet of it, and it's absolutely hypnotizing. It&#8217;s kind of like a lava lamp - it looks like that, dropping off the cliff into the ocean, splashing and causing all this steam. It's one of the coolest things I've ever seen."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-225477" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/HiloTreehouse_135_20180130__DSC8413-791de5.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wolfe just bought the lot next door and plans, eventually, to put something there.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I had built a tiny house, and I wanted to do something different, and a treehouse seemed like a fun, totally unique place," Wolfe said. "I think everybody has wanted to stay in a treehouse. It just seems to fit a jungle."</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">This home is currently available as a <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2615058" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">short-term rental</a>.</span></em></p> <p><em>Photos by <a href="http://www.erikhecht.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Erik Hecht</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cave-house-229909/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Hibernate Luxuriously in This 5,572-Square-Foot Cave Mansion</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/joshua-tree-cabin-229298/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sleep Under the Stars in This Tiny Cabin Near a National Park</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/whale-watch-from-rooftop-decks-229451/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Whale Watch From Any of This Home&#8217;s 3 Rooftop Decks</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published April 2018.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=zVjRXuEeIvg:x_iiDLtXZQs:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=zVjRXuEeIvg:x_iiDLtXZQs:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-tropical-treehouse-in-hawaii-225313/feed/ 17 https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-tropical-treehouse-in-hawaii-225313/ 2019-01-07 13:03 +00:00 2019-01-08 02:03 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=224101 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/cpR4a1tBeTg/ Home Improvement decorating winter Get the Look: 3 Ideas for Turning Your Home Into a Winter Haven Snowed in? Put that cabin fever to good use and try one of these iconic winter-proof looks. Sun, 06 Jan 2019 13:29:26 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/cozy-updates-under-500-224101/#comments Chris Stout-Hazard <p>What better time to turn your home into a warm and welcoming den than during the chilly winter months? With just a little investment and some ingenuity, you can bring a distinctive winter-friendly look into your home.</p> <p>Here are three concepts to inspire you - and some tips to get you started.</p> <h2>Look 1: The British study</h2> <h3>The vibe</h3> <p>This look is a perfect fit for a snowy winter day. Filled with shelves of leather-bound tomes, tufted chesterfield sofas and focused lighting from brass sconces, the study is the perfect spot to curl up with a favorite novel, enjoy a cup of tea or nap away the afternoon.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230055" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-80119678-929315.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="731" /></p> <h3>Get the look</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/built-in-shelves-hack-226769/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Built-in bookcases</a> may run up a tab, but two or three flat-pack units arranged tightly in a row can nearly fill a wall without breaking the budget.</p> <p>Pack them with as many books you can find - the fuller the better. Check out garage sales, thrift shops and library clearance sales for additional hardback books if you're short.</p> <p>Sure, you may not have a tufted leather sofa on hand, but any love seat positioned in front of the bookcases will look dramatic. Instead of square throw pillows, try round bolsters in the corners for a more formal style.</p> <p>A vintage rug is ideal underneath, but convincing reproductions can be found online for a fraction of the price.</p> <p>For the coziest of lighting in the evenings, add sconces to your bookcases. Inexpensive clip-on downlights work perfectly in a pinch. If possible, flank the love seat with a pair of floor reading lamps, swiveled low over the arms of the sofa.</p> <h2>Look 2: The Scandinavian chalet</h2> <h3>The vibe</h3> <p>Crisp white paint, whitewashed wood and neutral furnishings make even the gloomiest of days <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/brighten-dark-home-222057/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">feel bright</a>.</p> <p>This aesthetic is definitely modern, yet it&#8217;s touched with woodsy rusticity and directly connected to nature. Winter-friendly accessories bring in a bit more comfort and prevent the space from feeling cold.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230056" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-75455330-0c97f7.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></p> <h3>Get the look</h3> <p>Compatible with the popular all-white color scheme, the Scandinavian chalet look can be achieved with a few tweaks - some more involved than others.</p> <p>For an amazing yet affordable chalet transformation, consider covering one wall (ideally around a fireplace) in inexpensive pine boards. You can run them horizontally or vertically, and you may choose to either paint them to match your other walls or seal them with a whitewash or light gray stain.</p> <p>Embrace irregularities and small gaps between the boards - they&#8217;ll give you the modern, woodsy touch that makes these spaces memorable.</p> <p>Define a seating area using a generously scaled jute rug. Build on this surface's natural color and texture with pieces of upholstery. If your furniture isn't neutral, try slipcovering it or even tossing a large canvas dropcloth over it.</p> <p>A stack of substantial floor pillows encourages a more relaxed gathering beside the fire or around a board game. And a faux sheepskin throw or two will further warm the space.</p> <p>For accessories, try hanging a white papier-mache deer mount over your hearth and stacking paper birch logs beside the fireplace.</p> <p>For lighting, overscale paper lanterns affixed to a simple plug-in pendant light make a big 1970s Scandinavian statement at minimal cost.</p> <h2>Look 3: The boho nest</h2> <h3>The vibe</h3> <p>Longing for the warm colors of summer? This look brings them indoors using tapestries, artwork and an abundance of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/houseplant-care-in-winter-210867/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">houseplants</a>.</p> <p>Layering is the name of the game, with floors covered by an arrangement of inexpensive flat-weave rugs, upholstery draped in throws and embroidered pillows, and groupings of mixed-media art on the walls.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230057" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-667507168-801df8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h3>Get the look</h3> <p>While many seeking the boho style focus on white walls as a backdrop, you can create a warmer space with a bold color or dark earth tone. Paint one or more of your living room walls to invite contrast.</p> <p>Start building your nest from the floor up. Instead of purchasing one large expensive rug, try layering a mixture of smaller and more affordable rugs of varying styles and colors for an eclectic and relaxed feel.</p> <p>If you have walls that feel a little barren, consider draping them with floor-to-ceiling curtains. This will envelop and soften the edges of the room.</p> <p>If premade ones aren&#8217;t in the budget, you can easily make your own perfectly fitted drapes with fabric. Create a simple hem around the edges with a quick pass through the sewing machine or a little bit of ironing with hem tape. Use ring clips to attach the fabric panels to curtain rods.</p> <p>A <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/personalize-with-diy-gallery-wall-203271/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">gallery wall</a> can also give your living room a warmer feel. While typical galleries consisting solely of framed art tend to be the decorating norm, you can keep the look fresh and more bohemian by integrating a broader spectrum of art types.</p> <p>Hang clay or wood pieces, textile art, paper sculptures and even wall-clinging plants - like staghorn ferns - to give your gallery wall life and personality.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2019-design-forecast-whats-in-whats-out-229968/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2019 Design Forecast: What&#8217;s In, What&#8217;s Out</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-space-work-181983/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Design Tricks That Will Make Your Small Space Feel Big</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/passions-in-home-decor-226113/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">8 Ways to Incorporate Your Passions Into Your Home Decor</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published January 2018.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=cpR4a1tBeTg:RocAECaps1U:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=cpR4a1tBeTg:RocAECaps1U:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/cozy-updates-under-500-224101/feed/ 5 https://www.zillow.com/blog/cozy-updates-under-500-224101/ 2019-01-06 13:29 +00:00 2019-01-07 02:29 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=227225 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/lHLAQweD6PA/ Tips & Advice Moving Renting 5 Things to Look for in a Rental Listing Lackluster listings abound - learn to cut through the clutter and spot the keepers. Fri, 04 Jan 2019 13:58:57 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-things-to-look-for-in-a-rental-listing-227225/#comments Jennifer Lyons <p>Whether you're <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-ways-to-score-a-lease-196907/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">looking for an apartment</a>, single-family house or townhome - and whether you're in a city, the suburbs or a small town - be prepared to spend a lot of time online and even more time driving around to tour the most promising places in person.</p> <p>If you want to save time and avoid headaches, make sure that every rental listing you consider has all the information you need. High-quality listings help you weed out the places that don't fit your criteria (wait, Fido's not welcome?), but they also indicate an organized, communicative and professional landlord - something every renter wants.</p> <p>As you begin your search, consider these five important things every good rental listing should contain:</p> <h2>1. Detailed details</h2> <p>Front and center should be the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, square footage, storage space and a floor plan to help you visualize the layout.</p> <p>Avoid listings with vague terms like "junior one bedroom" or "open one bedroom." According to Zillow research, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/report/2018/renters/wants-and-needs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">65 percent</a> of renters require their preferred number of bedrooms. Landlords know this, so they get creative with descriptions to attract more tenants.</p> <p>Another need-to-know detail is how safe the property is. Zillow research reports that <a href="https://www.zillow.com/report/2018/renters/wants-and-needs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">75 percent</a> of renters said that a safe neighborhood is a must-have. Most landlords will say that the neighborhood is safe, so do your own research, especially if you're new to the area.</p> <p>Speaking of being new - if you're moving to a new part of town or an entirely new city, look for listings with important facts about the neighborhood, including proximity to transit or major freeways, convenient shopping centers, and nearby recreation and entertainment options.</p> <h2>2. Amenities - all of them</h2> <p>Beyond basics like heating and kitchen appliances, every renter has different amenities that they consider must-haves.</p> <p>The most popular amenities renters look for include air conditioning, in-unit laundry, ample storage and private outdoor space. Watch for other nice-to-have in-unit amenities, like recent renovations, hardwood floors, plenty of windows and upgraded kitchens.</p> <p>Shared amenities should be included in the listing too - things like parking, rooftop decks, fitness areas, outdoor space, swimming pools and bike storage.</p> <h2>3. Major (and potentially problematic) policies</h2> <p>The listing should disclose any policies that could be a deal breaker for you. Examples include <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/ensure-pet-good-resident-200664/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">rules around pets</a> (including specific breeds), the maximum number of people who can live in the unit, smoking, parking, noise and - most importantly - lease terms and length.</p> <p>Additionally, see if you can tell if the landlord lives on-site or if a local property management company manages things. If the landlord is nearby, they'll likely handle repair requests quickly, along with general building upkeep and maintenance.</p> <h2>4. Clearly described costs</h2> <p>Make sure the landlord is exceptionally clear about the dollars and cents:</p> <ul> <li>What is the monthly rent?</li> <li>How much of a deposit is required, and is any of it refundable?</li> <li>Are there any one-time fees?</li> <li>Is there a pet fee or monthly charge?</li> <li>Does parking cost extra?</li> <li>Who pays for utilities?</li> </ul> <p>These <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hidden-fees-add-ons-in-lease-195426/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">additional charges</a> can quickly move a listing from feasible to fruitless, so make sure you have all the info you need to do the math ahead of time.</p> <h2>5. High-quality photos</h2> <p>Focus on listings that have not only good photos but also recent photos - and lots of them.</p> <p>Look for listings that include both interior and exterior shots, plus photos of all shared amenities. But renter beware: If the landlord says the photos are of a similar unit - not the one that's actually for rent - you may find yourself in a bait-and-switch situation.</p> <p>Once you find a few listings that include these details, you're off to a great start. You can more easily compare properties side by side, identify deal breakers and find areas where a landlord might be open to compromising.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-myths-renting-201963/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">&#8216;You&#8217;re Throwing Money Away&#8217; and Other Myths About Renting</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-your-security-deposit-back-210363/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Ways to Make Sure You Get Your Security Deposit Back</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/renters-5-biggest-nightmares-185567/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Top 5 Renting Nightmares and How to Face Them</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published June 2018. Statistics updated January 2019.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=lHLAQweD6PA:BoX12RPDyiI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=lHLAQweD6PA:BoX12RPDyiI:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-things-to-look-for-in-a-rental-listing-227225/feed/ 6 https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-things-to-look-for-in-a-rental-listing-227225/ 2019-01-04 13:58 +00:00 2019-01-05 02:58 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514161/the-outlook-for-2019?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=The+outlook+for+2019 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514161/the-outlook-for-2019?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=The+outlook+for+2019 The outlook for 2019 <p>2019 is set to be a year of massive change as the Government&rsquo;s suite of housing and tax policies start to bed in. Here&rsquo;s what property market commentators have to say on the coming year&hellip;</p> Thu, 03 Jan 2019 12:18:00 +1300 2019-01-03 12:18 +13:00 2019-01-03 12:18 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229968 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/3zzUbTva7fk/ Home Improvement decorating 2019 Design Forecast: What's In, What's Out Is it time to say goodbye to shiplap and millennial pink? This design expert weighs in. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 18:13:36 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/2019-design-forecast-whats-in-whats-out-229968/#comments Kerrie Kelly <p>As we flip to the last pages of our 2018 calendar, it&#8217;s time to look at interior design trends on the rise - and say goodbye to those on their way out in 2019.</p> <p>Here are our predictions about what&#8217;s in and what&#8217;s out in the year to come.</p> <h2>What&#8217;s in</h2> <h3>Warm modernism</h3> <p>It&#8217;s official - many regions throughout the U.S. are choosing a modern aesthetic over a rustic style.</p> <p>While black-and-white contrast and raw materials like steel and wood will continue to be popular, they&#8217;ll be softened by color and asymmetry. These modern elements will have a fresh approachability when surrounded by sun-soaked fabrics and natural wallcoverings.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229999" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-825886484-13e488.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="534" /></p> <h3>Effortless technology and transformations</h3> <p>Talk-to-me tech products help you get things done with your voice, and homeowners are using them to modernize their daily routine.</p> <p>In 2019 you&#8217;ll see smart faucets, fans, window coverings and appliances paired with popular platforms - Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Apple HomePod - for a convenient, connected home.</p> <p>Additionally, products that offer easy installation and seamless integration into existing layouts make projects remodel-friendly. Innovative sinks, faucets, medicine cabinets, appliances and lighting provide a quick transformation to refresh the style and functionality of your space.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230003" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-961127228-327148.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h3>Om sweet home</h3> <p>Though talk-to-me tech is trending, some will be looking for ways to escape the chatter.</p> <p>Meditative and sound-barrier features will appear in more homes this year - think transformative experiences using acoustic panels, colored lights and aura effects. Ethereal, sheer and translucent fabrics will support the aesthetic, pairing an organic feel with the benefits and convenience of select technology.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230004" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-507832811-561757.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h3>Industrial style</h3> <p>Concrete, quartz and metal lovers, rejoice! Industrial styles are predicted to rise in popularity in 2019.</p> <p>Matte black and bronze continue to dominate and complement a more industrial vibe. But when selecting wall colors, appliances, faucet finishes and fabrics, consider the possibilities of moody blues and the gray color spectrum. From warm light grays to the coolness of matte black, these tones add a subtle layer of intrigue and distinction.</p> <p>Plus, black and charcoal gray front doors could earn up to <a href="http://zillow.mediaroom.com/2018-06-20-Homes-with-Tuxedo-Kitchen-Cabinets-and-Black-Front-Doors-Can-Sell-Up-to-6-000-More-than-Expected" target="_blank" rel="noopener">$6,271 more</a> when selling your home!</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230005" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-926193804-f84f2e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h3>Organic maker accents</h3> <p>Handmade details can immediately soften an interior. This year you&#8217;ll see rhythmic patterns and imperfect lines incorporated through hand-painting, stitching and detailing, expanding the possibilities for endless mixing and matching in the home. Additionally, fabrics and accents with strands of crystal, wooden and pearlescent beads present a sophisticated flair for artful detail.</p> <p>Home decor favorites will still include earthy elements and nubby textures. Think neutral naturals by simply adding a wooden side table and sculpture, live and fake plants for color, and natural fibers through rugs and fabrics.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-230001" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-869855780-f21167.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h2>What&#8217;s out</h2> <h3>Rustic</h3> <p>Is America finally over the &#8220;Fixer Upper&#8221; movement? Not quite, but the rustic, farmhouse-chic elements are getting refined.</p> <p>The shiplap-crazy trend seems to be leaning toward a modern twist, simplifying layers of the look. Cutesy barn doors will take a backseat to more modern versions featuring glass and metal instead of reclaimed barn wood.</p> <p>The signature statement range hood covered in rustic materials will swing to simplified finishes, like brushed brass, stainless and matte black. Lastly, the harsh light of the Edison bulb will move to a more complementary glow, reflecting concealed bulbs versus exposed ones.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229987" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-738776527-ba129a.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="624" /></p> <h3>Millennial pink</h3> <p>Bold, trendy color schemes are likely on the way out, with more subtle earth tones and cool, classic palettes on the rise.</p> <p>Blues and neutrals continue to top <a href="http://zillow.mediaroom.com/2018-06-20-Homes-with-Tuxedo-Kitchen-Cabinets-and-Black-Front-Doors-Can-Sell-Up-to-6-000-More-than-Expected" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow trend reports</a>, adding higher dollar values related to home sales when used in kitchen and bathroom areas. While millennial pink may have been all the rage on designer Instagram feeds, people don&#8217;t actually want to live with it throughout their homes.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229985" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-702610227-aef880.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Whether trends inspire you or not, it&#8217;s important to be aware of them, because they help shape our own personal interior style. If you love purple gingham in your dining room, go for it. If an all-white interior speaks to you, celebrate it.</p> <p>Our homes are where we express ourselves and tell our unique style story, so I encourage you to do just that in the new year.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-space-work-181983/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Design Tricks That Will Make Your Small Space Feel Big</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-home-bar-type-217390/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Quiz: What Type of Bar Should You Build in Your Home?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/park-slope-townhome-renovation-229718/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Park Slope Townhome That Went From &#8216;Mess&#8217; to Masterpiece</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=3zzUbTva7fk:KizeSPeN_U4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=3zzUbTva7fk:KizeSPeN_U4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/2019-design-forecast-whats-in-whats-out-229968/feed/ 17 https://www.zillow.com/blog/2019-design-forecast-whats-in-whats-out-229968/ 2018-12-18 18:13 +00:00 2018-12-19 07:13 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514098/desperately-seeking-answers?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Desperately+seeking+answers https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514098/desperately-seeking-answers?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Desperately+seeking+answers Desperately seeking answers <p>Looking for a straight answer from MBIE&rsquo;s Tenancy Compliance and Investigation Team? If you are a landlord, don&rsquo;t expect too much clarity.</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:30:00 +1300 2018-12-18 08:30 +13:00 2018-12-18 08:30 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514082/what-lies-ahead-in-2019?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=What+lies+ahead+in+2019++ https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514082/what-lies-ahead-in-2019?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=What+lies+ahead+in+2019++ What lies ahead in 2019 <p>Wondering what is in store for residential and commercial property across the spectrum in the coming year? Here&rsquo;s what Colliers International New Zealand&rsquo;s have to say in their annual predictions&hellip;</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 07:59:00 +1300 2018-12-12 07:59 +13:00 2018-12-12 07:59 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514032/comment-setting-policies-good-practice-for-landlords?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Setting+policies+good+practice+for+landlords https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976514032/comment-setting-policies-good-practice-for-landlords?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Setting+policies+good+practice+for+landlords COMMENT: Setting policies good practice for landlords <p>Landlords need to establish strict policies around their rental properties rather than just winging it, Auckland Property Investors Association vice president Peter Lewis believes&hellip;</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2018 11:01:00 +1300 2018-12-04 11:01 +13:00 2018-12-04 11:01 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229909 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/qddKRtDotQc/ Unique Homes Hibernate Luxuriously in This 5,572-Square-Foot Cave Mansion Stalactites? Check. Waterfall? Check. 4 bedrooms and an illustrious guest list? Check, check! Fri, 30 Nov 2018 19:52:52 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/cave-house-229909/#comments Callie Little <p>When most people envision their dream home, they describe large kitchens, beautiful hardwood floors and clawfoot tubs. But not John Hay.</p> <p>In the mid-1980s, Hay - founder of the Celestial Seasonings Tea Company and great-great grandson of U.S. Secretary of State John Milton Hay - purchased the Beckham Creek Cave in Parthenon, Arkansas. He had plans to transform it into a 10,000-square-foot bomb shelter, consisting of cinder-block walls, plywood flooring, 11 coats of clear epoxy on the natural formations of the cave, and an internal freshwater spring.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IYJL5vAUFUw" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>He stocked it with enough freeze-dried food to keep 50 people fed for up to two years, and he twice had his religious group sit out bomb scares in the cave. By 1987, Hay realized the end of the world wasn't coming quite so soon. Various records indicate the property was sold to a man known simply as "Mr. Richardson," who had a different dream in mind when he came into possession of the property.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229914" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ZG_L0229-e8fdf0.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="534" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229924" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ZG_L0224-c70fd6.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Soon after turning the space into a $6 million clubbing venue, Mr. Richardson held a grand unveiling that welcomed over 250 esteemed guests, including Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Ross and many other Hollywood elite.</p> <p>It's no wonder that in 1994, John Hay repurchased his now illustrious cave.</p> <p>In the decades following, several new owners have taken hold of the 257-acre property, each one undoubtedly in awe of the great room&#8217;s 40-foot rock ceilings and 2,300 square feet. Stalactites descend from overhead throughout the 5,572-square-foot home, and raw rock has been used wherever possible to maintain the unique character of the space.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229922" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ZG_L0214-58c759.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229919" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/livingroom_06-8f4b90.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Though it's been renovated several times, the sprawling cave has kept its surprisingly cozy charm intact. Part of the reason the cave's natural features have been preserved is surely thanks to Hay, who reverently told People magazine in 1988 that the home's "original architect was God."</p> <p>The bad news - every dream home comes with its own downfalls, after all - is that a few of the stalactites drip. However, the whole property is climate-controlled thanks to geothermal units throughout.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229916" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bedroom_08-1bf83f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229915" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bedroom_01-c44192.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="534" /></p> <p>The 4-bed, 4-bath cave home will run its next owners somewhere around $2.75 million. And while it doesn't have those coveted hardwood floors or the clawfoot tub that fantasies are made of, we still consider this incredibly cool residence to be a real gem.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/barn-style-house-229743/&quot;" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Home Looks Like a Barn (But Has Enough Room to Be a Small Castle)</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bloomhouse-unique-home-229386/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Remarkable Home Is Anything but Square</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/joshua-tree-cabin-229298/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sleep Under the Stars in This Tiny Cabin Near a National Park</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=qddKRtDotQc:foxFOPeePCQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=qddKRtDotQc:foxFOPeePCQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/cave-house-229909/feed/ 9 https://www.zillow.com/blog/cave-house-229909/ 2018-11-30 19:52 +00:00 2018-12-01 08:52 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229891 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/NvsuNW1luew/ Tips & Advice Moving relocation Renting How to Move Cross-Country: See How These Renters Made It Work From NYC to PDX - these renters made the move and even found room for a pup! Thu, 29 Nov 2018 19:54:14 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-move-cross-country-229891/#comments Moriah Simmons <p>When former New Yorkers Erica Warren and Cici Harrison drove across the country and settled in the Pacific Northwest, they had a list of criteria for their new rental.</p> <p>They&#8217;d need a parking space, a home office so Erica could work remotely and, of course, a yard so they could adopt a dog. And this rental couldn&#8217;t be too splashy, because a cross-country move is expensive enough.</p> <p>All of this complicated their search in Portland&#8217;s tough rental market. Luckily the couple were able to stay locally with friends until they found the right rental. And their new home ticks all the boxes - while requiring some minor compromises to make it all work.</p> <p>We chatted with Warren to hear how she and her wife navigated a cross-country move, including finding a home in a new city and making their new rental feel like home.</p> <p><strong>Where is your home, and how long have you lived there?</strong><br /> We're in the Southeast, specifically the Richmond neighborhood. We moved there in March of 2017, and we've been there a year and a half.</p> <p><strong>How did you find your rental?</strong><br /> When we got here, we were staying with Marty and Tera, our friends who live here locally. The day after we arrived, there was the biggest snowstorm Portland had ever had in 30 years. That put a damper on our apartment searching, because we couldn't drive our car or get anywhere. This place was actually the first one we saw, because it was in walking distance from Marty and Tera's house.</p> <p>We heard about it because Tera had sent an email around at her job asking if anyone had a lead on a rental. Someone else who worked with her had recently purchased a duplex and was looking for renters for the other side.</p> <p>We walked over and saw it, and it was a very nice place. But it was the first place we looked at. We had no context for if it was a good deal or not. Of course, it seemed like a good deal to us, coming from New York. I was like, "It has a washer and dryer, it has a yard - I'll pay any amount of money for that!"</p> <p>So we didn't say yes right away, and then we probably spent the next two or three weeks looking at places. We looked at about a dozen places all over the city. We saw all the different variations.</p> <p>At some point we were almost ready to sign a lease on a 1 bedroom in a new apartment complex. It was, on paper, everything we were looking for. And Cici, out of nowhere, goes, "Why didn't we want that first place that we looked at?" The one we were going to sign a lease for was 1 bedroom, and this was 2 bedrooms, and it was bigger, and the monthly rent was less. And we were like, "Oh, that was a much better place!" So we emailed the landlords to see if it was still available, and it was.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229899" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_0112-3d6520.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="867" /></p> <p><strong>What price range were you looking for, and what did you end up paying?<br /> </strong>We were looking in the $1,500-$1,700 per month range. This place ended up being right in the middle. It was $1,600 when we started the first year we were here, and it's now $1,685. It seems like a pretty reasonable price for the neighborhood we're in, because the rental market in Portland seems to be growing so fast.</p> <p><strong>What was the application and approval process like?<br /> </strong>It was really straightforward. Our landlords live on the other side of the duplex, and they're really nice people. I think they were looking for good neighbors as much as they were looking for good tenants. So I think that also helped with the relationship.</p> <p><strong>Were there any surprise fees?<br /> </strong>We paid first month's rent and a security deposit. The only extra fee when we moved in - we had just adopted Billie, and they had a $25 monthly dog rent. Which they told us about beforehand, because we were very particular about wanting a building that would allow us to adopt a dog. We got her a month after we moved in.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229903" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_0118-c99825.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="867" /></p> <p><strong>What was your cost of moving across the country?<br /> </strong>We paid about $5,000 total for a full-service moving company, which is a lot of money. It was our biggest moving expense, but all we had to do was box up our things. They sent a whole team of people, packed our stuff into a storage cube, stored the cube for us, and then when we found a place, shipped it across the country. We didn't have to do any of the logistics, and we didn't have to do any of the carrying of things - we just had to pack a few boxes and unpack the boxes when we got here.</p> <p><strong>New York is notorious for small apartments. Is your Portland space bigger or smaller?<br /> </strong>It's slightly bigger, and I feel like it's most noticeable in the kitchen. The kitchen that we have here is two or three times bigger than what we had in New York. I didn't know how much I wanted a really nice kitchen, but now that I have one, I'm like yes, this is exactly where we needed the extra space!</p> <p>We also have outdoor space, which makes a huge difference. It's not huge - it's more like a patio than a yard. We have a little grill, and we can sit out there on a nice day. Plus, it's got a fence, so we can let our dog out.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229900" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_0115-e78a28.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="867" /></p> <p><strong>Did you have any challenges making the place functional?<br /> </strong>Nothing major. It was built in the &#8217;60s or &#8217;70s, but the landlords had renovated our unit before we moved in, so the kitchen, bathroom and flooring were all brand new - you know, everything works and is nicely designed, so that helped.</p> <p>I did a little bit of work in the yard, just because it was a little muddy, and it's Portland, so it's wet in the winter, and Billie likes to dig. I got some pebble stones to fill in some of the muddy areas. We got into some light container gardening, because we never had outdoor space in Brooklyn. So we have a little blueberry bush, some star jasmine and some other little things I'm trying not to kill.</p> <p><strong>What else have you done to make your rental feel like home?<br /> </strong>We painted a couple accent walls, which our landlords were totally fine with. We have this wide picture window in the living room that faces the road, but because of that you can see right into our house. So we got a custom shade that you can pull up from the bottom or pull down from the top, just so that we can have privacy but also sunlight if we want.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229901" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_0117-36b953.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></p> <p><strong>How long do you think you'll stay?<br /> </strong>I don't know specifically. When we moved in, we talked about how we'd love to stay here until we're in a position to buy a house. One day I'd like to own a house - a dining room would be nice at some point in my life. But where we&#8217;re at right now, this is the right amount of space, and it&#8217;s a really great neighborhood.</p> <p><strong>What do you want from your next place, other than a dining room?<br /> </strong>A big fenced-in yard for Billie! Cici&#8217;s mom sent us an article about how the thing that's finally getting millennials to buy houses is their dogs.</p> <p>I'd also like a little bit more guest space so we could have people visit more frequently, because all of our family is on the East Coast.</p> <p>And this is 100 percent because Cici has already claimed it - whatever house we buy has to have a basement so that she can play drums there. Number one is a yard for Billie, and number two is a basement for a drum kit and band practice.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229898" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_0120-7ca33e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></p> <h2>Erica's tips for finding a rental in a new city</h2> <h3>1. Look around to get a sense of the market</h3> <p>Look at as many places as possible. Because even if you don't want that unit, it gives you a sense of the market. So when you do find a good deal, you know that you have a good deal.</p> <h3>2. Know where you're willing to compromise</h3> <p>If you have enough money that you don't have to make sacrifices in renting, you probably don't need to be renting. So everything&#8217;s a trade-off. There's not a perfect rental out there. So it&#8217;s like, &#8220;This place has 2 bedrooms, but it's more expensive, or this place has a bigger yard, but it's farther out.&#8221;</p> <h3>3. Get a little help from your friends</h3> <p>We were so lucky to stay with Marty and Tera in their guest room until we found our own place. And Tera emailed co-workers to see if they knew of any rentals, which is how we ended up finding this place.</p> <h3>4. Conserve your energy and hire a full-service moving and storage company (if you can)</h3> <p>There&#8217;s enough stress in moving at all, amplified by moving cross-country. We probably could have gotten a U-Haul, packed it up, driven it cross-country and put our stuff into a storage unit here. But the logistics, let alone the physical labor, were not extra pieces of stress we needed. And even though it was really expensive, it was worth every penny.</p> <h6><em>Apartment photos by Erica Warren.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/renter-profile-capitol-hill-seattle-229524/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Make the Most of 500 Square Feet: See How This City Renter Did It</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-space-work-181983/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Design Tricks That Will Make Your Small Space Feel Big</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/landlord-background-check-228667/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Perform a Landlord Background Check</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=NvsuNW1luew:ARb7psdDN2M:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=NvsuNW1luew:ARb7psdDN2M:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-move-cross-country-229891/feed/ 11 https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-move-cross-country-229891/ 2018-11-29 19:54 +00:00 2018-11-30 08:54 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513993/comment-embedded-networks-what-to-watch-out-for?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Embedded+networks+-+what+to+watch+out+for https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513993/comment-embedded-networks-what-to-watch-out-for?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Embedded+networks+-+what+to+watch+out+for COMMENT: Embedded networks - what to watch out for <p>Developers are increasingly seeking to maintain control of embedded networks in apartments and that means both buyers and body corporates need to know what to watch out for, Auckland District Law Society president Joanna Pidgeon explains.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2018 08:35:00 +1300 2018-11-29 08:35 +13:00 2018-11-29 08:35 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229833 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/d-Pmgf4cHkk/ Market Trends affordability An Up-Close Look at Housing Insecurity (and How to Help!) "We have to believe that a better future is possible." Wed, 21 Nov 2018 00:18:00 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/housing-insecurity-229833/#comments Susan Kelleher <p>Five years ago, Timothy C. Acena was living - and sleeping - in his wheelchair behind a busy fast-food restaurant. At night, he'd park himself on a fresh piece of cardboard near the restaurant's dumpster and clip together a makeshift awning of eight umbrellas to protect him and the five backpacks full of his belongings from the elements.</p> <p>During the day, he'd sit in front of the restaurant and ask customers to buy him a meal, which they always did, he says. He used the restaurant's bathrooms and traveled for showers and laundry. All the while, he waited for an affordable apartment to open up.</p> <p>Today, Acena, 52, has his own bed and a roof over his head. The former construction worker, who lost the ability to walk when he was 40, lives in a studio apartment in West Seattle in a building that provides affordable, stable housing and mental health and addiction treatment services to him and 65 other people who had been sleeping in shelters or out in the cold.</p> <p>In the building&#8217;s lobby, letters cut from beige construction paper hang over the mail slots on the wall, spelling out the season's message: "Be thankful." Acena says he lives those words every day. He knows he would probably be dead or still homeless had other people not cared enough to build and manage a place where he could afford to live - and where he could very well spend the rest of his life.</p> <p>More than a half a million Americans were homeless in 2017, a number that increased for the first time since 2010, according to a one-night count by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Experts agree the count doesn't capture all the people sleeping outside and say the number is probably much higher. According to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/homelessness-rent-affordability-22247/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">new Zillow-sponsored research </a>on the size and root causes of homelessness, the actual number of people experiencing homelessness was likely closer to 661,000, about 20 percent higher than the HUD count.</p> <p>In some cities, homelessness has reached crisis levels as the economy continues to expand and people flock to urban areas for jobs, driving up rents that were once affordable for people earning low and middle incomes.</p> <p>Many people are one emergency away from a missed rent payment. Today, only 52 percent of renters say they would be able to cover an unexpected expense of $1,000 if they had to, according to the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/report/2018/renters/renting-a-home-in-america/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report 2018</a>. Gen X renters, who are between the ages of 39 and 53, are the most vulnerable: Only 44 percent say they could weather a $1,000 hit to their budget.</p> <p>In some cities, the share of median income spent on rent exceeds 40 percent, according to Zillow economists, whose research also ties rent increases to moves and even homelessness. In Los Angeles, for instance, a 5 percent increase in rent would add 1,993 people to the ranks of the homeless.</p> <p>Colin Maloney, project manager for Cottage Grove Commons, the Downtown Emergency Services Center building where Acena lives in West Seattle, said homelessness affects a broad swath of humanity: families, people with advanced degrees, people with mental and physical disabilities, and people with job skills no longer in demand.</p> <p>Some residents of the Grove apartments grew up in homelessness or bounced through the foster care system only to end up alone when they turned 18. Others, like Acena, have struggled with addictions or remain yoked to criminal records that keep them from jobs and homes. At times, it's hard to for them to see a path back to home, Maloney says.</p> <p>But, he adds, "We have to believe that a better future is possible."</p> <p>Acena is proof of that. Before he became homeless, he lived in a $60 a night motel room, paid for with a combination of his Social Security disability check and funds from a church youth group. When the group's subsidy stopped, Acena made a temporary home behind the restaurant rather than return to shelter living.</p> <p>Acena smiles recalling the day he moved into his current home. He could finally sleep lying down. "It was like somebody took a Tyrannosaurus rex off my shoulders,'' he says.</p> <p>His apartment costs him $215 a month, about 30 percent of his $720 monthly Social Security income. He spends his days there building plastic models, watching TV, indulging in pancakes with peanut butter and staying healthy.</p> <p>"I don't think it's unsolvable,'' he says of homelessness. "It's just difficult. Anything difficult has got to have something good in the end if you go through it."</p> <p>This holiday season, you can help these organizations that are working to bring housing security to communities across the country. Their success brings hope to all of us.</p> <table class="table" style="border: none; width: 633.49px;"> <tbody> <tr style="height: 23px;"> <td style="width: 102.386px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#alabama" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Alabama</a></td> <td style="width: 104.205px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#hawaii" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Hawaii</a></td> <td style="width: 118.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#massachusetts" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Massachusetts</a></td> <td style="width: 117.841px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#new-mexico" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New Mexico</a></td> <td style="width: 158.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#south-dakota" target="_blank" rel="noopener">South Dakota</a></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 23px;"> <td style="width: 102.386px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#alaska" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Alaska</a></td> <td style="width: 104.205px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#idaho" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Idaho</a></td> <td style="width: 118.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#michigan" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Michigan</a></td> <td style="width: 117.841px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New York</a></td> <td style="width: 158.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#tennessee" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tennessee</a></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 23px;"> <td style="width: 102.386px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#arizona" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Arizona</a></td> <td style="width: 104.205px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#illinois" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Illinois</a></td> <td style="width: 118.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#minnesota" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Minnesota</a></td> <td style="width: 117.841px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#north-carolina" target="_blank" rel="noopener">North Carolina</a></td> <td style="width: 158.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#texas" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Texas</a></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 23px;"> <td style="width: 102.386px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#arkansas" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Arkansas</a></td> <td style="width: 104.205px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#indiana" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Indiana</a></td> <td style="width: 118.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#mississippi" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mississippi</a></td> <td style="width: 117.841px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#north-dakota" target="_blank" rel="noopener">North Dakota</a></td> <td style="width: 158.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#utah" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Utah</a></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 23px;"> <td style="width: 102.386px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#california" target="_blank" rel="noopener">California</a></td> <td style="width: 104.205px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#iowa" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Iowa</a></td> <td style="width: 118.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#missouri" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Missouri</a></td> <td style="width: 117.841px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#ohio" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ohio</a></td> <td style="width: 158.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#vermont" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Vermont</a></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 23px;"> <td style="width: 102.386px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#colorado" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Colorado</a></td> <td style="width: 104.205px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#kansas" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Kansas</a></td> <td style="width: 118.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#montana" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Montana</a></td> <td style="width: 117.841px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#oklahoma" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Oklahoma</a></td> <td style="width: 158.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#virginia" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Virginia</a></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 23px;"> <td style="width: 102.386px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#connecticut" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Connecticut</a></td> <td style="width: 104.205px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#kentucky" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Kentucky</a></td> <td style="width: 118.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#nebraska" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Nebraska</a></td> <td style="width: 117.841px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#oregon" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Oregon</a></td> <td style="width: 158.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#washington" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Washington</a></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 23px;"> <td style="width: 102.386px; height: 10px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#delaware" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Delaware</a></td> <td style="width: 104.205px; height: 10px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#louisiana" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Louisiana</a></td> <td style="width: 118.75px; height: 10px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#nevada" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Nevada</a></td> <td style="width: 117.841px; height: 10px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#pennsylvania" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pennsylvania</a></td> <td style="width: 158.75px; height: 10px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#washington-dc" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Washington, D.C.</a></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 23px;"> <td style="width: 102.386px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#florida" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Florida</a></td> <td style="width: 104.205px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#maine" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Maine</a></td> <td style="width: 118.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#new-hampshire" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New Hampshire</a></td> <td style="width: 117.841px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#rhode-island" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rhode Island</a></td> <td style="width: 158.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#west-virginia" target="_blank" rel="noopener">West Virginia</a></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 23px;"> <td style="width: 102.386px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#georgia" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Georgia</a></td> <td style="width: 104.205px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#maryland" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Maryland</a></td> <td style="width: 118.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#new-jersey" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New Jersey</a></td> <td style="width: 117.841px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#south-carolina" target="_blank" rel="noopener">South Carolina</a></td> <td style="width: 158.75px; height: 23px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#wisconsin" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Wisconsin</a></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 22px;"> <td style="vertical-align: middle; height: 22px; width: 102.386px; text-align: left;"></td> <td style="vertical-align: middle; height: 22px; width: 104.205px; text-align: left;"></td> <td style="vertical-align: middle; height: 22px; width: 118.75px; text-align: left;"></td> <td style="vertical-align: middle; height: 22px; width: 117.841px; text-align: left;"></td> <td style="width: 158.75px; height: 22px; vertical-align: middle; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nonprofits-homelessness/#wyoming" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Wyoming</a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/popsicle-place-program-229769/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Popsicle Place Program in Seattle Helps Families in Need</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cities-middle-class-222090/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Why Cities Must Become Affordable for the Middle Class</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/3d-printed-home-226492/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Look Inside America&#8217;s First 3D-Printed Home</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=d-Pmgf4cHkk:UrnesQiHiWs:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=d-Pmgf4cHkk:UrnesQiHiWs:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/housing-insecurity-229833/feed/ 37 https://www.zillow.com/blog/housing-insecurity-229833/ 2018-11-21 00:18 +00:00 2018-11-21 13:18 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513944/comment-war-on-tenancies-should-stop?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+War+on+tenancies+should+stop https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513944/comment-war-on-tenancies-should-stop?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+War+on+tenancies+should+stop COMMENT: War on tenancies should stop <p>Life for rental property owners may become tougher as Labour&rsquo;s newbie Housing Minister Phil Twyford tries to &ldquo;make life better for renters&rdquo;, Stop the War on Tenancies founder Mike Butler warns.</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 09:00:00 +1300 2018-11-21 09:00 +13:00 2018-11-21 09:00 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229769 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/8aQ0BS22uEA/ Market Trends affordability The Popsicle Place Program in Seattle Helps Families in Need When medical emergencies arise, the last thing you want to worry about is not having a home. Tue, 06 Nov 2018 22:40:05 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/popsicle-place-program-229769/#comments Callie Little <p>It's tough to afford housing in many cities across the U.S., but in Seattle, it's a particularly <a href="https://www.zillow.com/seattle-wa/home-values/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">competitive market</a>.</p> <p>Living in an urban area with such a high cost of living can break a family when emergencies arise, but luckily for the people of Seattle, Mary's Place has been relieving housing burdens since 1999.</p> <p>Initially established as a women's day center, Mary's Place has evolved and expanded into a housing facility. It now provides a warm bed for 680 family members every night of the year.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/riBGwtpf88g" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>As <a href="https://www.marysplaceseattle.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">the shelter's website</a> states, "The Mary's Place model is simple - partner with anyone and everyone who can help to address the issue of family homelessness: congregations, individuals, cities and counties, and businesses of all sizes."</p> <p>It seems to be a phenomenally successful model - and it only continues to grow. The Popsicle Place program, formed in 2018, is a Mary's Place program focused on assisting families who are simultaneously experiencing homelessness and caring for medically complex or critically ill children.</p> <p>A devastating statistic says that <a href="https://www.acco.org/us-childhood-cancer-statistics/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">1 in every 285</a> children in the U.S. alone will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20, and many more will be hospitalized for serious illness and injury. Additionally, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/rent-burden-sacrifices-9969/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">60 percent</a> of people with the highest rent burden can&#8217;t cover three months of expenses.</p> <p>Serious illness can put many families in financial crisis, and the stress of caring for children in need of medical intervention as well as maintaining livelihood for the whole family can be debilitating.</p> <p>But at Popsicle Place, families don't have to worry about costly emergency housing options, like motels, or choosing between having a place to live and having a healthy child. They also don't have to worry about spending the night apart, since the Popsicle Place has a medical staff and volunteers on hand so that every member of the family can rest comfortably, in private rooms, all under one roof - regardless of health status.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229785" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/image_79-f8ebf4.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>While a small housing operation can't alleviate every concern for families in medical and financial distress, simply having a bit of support can provide immense relief - relief that those families need to take their next step.</p> <p>"Not only do they have their own private rooms," says Marty Hartman, executive director of Mary's Place, "but they also have access to our healthcare clinic. They have a Popsicle Place lounge, where if their children aren't feeling so well or if they have immunocompromised conditions, they can go in there and relax. [We] just want to set them all up for success."</p> <p>And that they do, with excellent results.</p> <p><a href="https://www.marysplaceseattle.org/marys-place-2/blog/nycolle" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Mary's Place blog</a> recently shared the story of a single mother of three named Nycolle. When she found black mold in her apartment, she was forced to immediately leave with her children, each of them with their own unique and demanding healthcare requirements, leaving them in need of emergency housing. That's where the Popsicle Place program came in.</p> <p>"Being at Mary's Place gave me peace of mind," says Nycolle in the article, "knowing we had electricity for Karlah's treatments and refrigeration for Krystoffer's medications. It let me focus on keeping them well!"</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229783" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/image_22-7abd56.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>With their basic needs managed, the family members soon found a large, affordable 3-bedroom house in Spokane and happily relocated. They now enjoy a large yard, as well as a home to call their own.</p> <p>That's exactly what the program is all about, according to Hartman. "Let's get you the housing options that you need and then move you forward."</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-fair-housing-act-227310/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">What You Need to Know About the Fair Housing Act</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cities-middle-class-222090/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Why Cities Must Become Affordable for the Middle Class</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/3d-printed-home-226492/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Look Inside America&#8217;s First 3D-Printed Home</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=8aQ0BS22uEA:rcs43X9qCEQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=8aQ0BS22uEA:rcs43X9qCEQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/popsicle-place-program-229769/feed/ 13 https://www.zillow.com/blog/popsicle-place-program-229769/ 2018-11-06 22:40 +00:00 2018-11-07 11:40 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513873/comment-landlording-is-a-business?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Landlording+is+a+business https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513873/comment-landlording-is-a-business?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Landlording+is+a+business COMMENT: Landlording is a business <p>Governments from both sides of the political equation have failed to recognise residential landlording as a business - but it is, argues Auckland Property Investors Association vice president Peter Lewis.</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2018 13:22:00 +1300 2018-11-06 13:22 +13:00 2018-11-06 13:22 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513837/comment-reforms-would-increase-rental-shortage?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Reforms+would+increase+rental+shortage https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513837/comment-reforms-would-increase-rental-shortage?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Reforms+would+increase+rental+shortage COMMENT: Reforms would increase rental shortage <p>Feelings on tenancy law reform continue to run high as MBIE considers submissions on the Government&rsquo;s proposals. Here&rsquo;s a summary of what landlord Naveen Goel had to say in his&hellip;</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2018 11:15:00 +1300 2018-10-31 11:15 +13:00 2018-10-31 11:15 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229743 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/SJ1e66IKLkI/ Unique Homes converted homes farmhouses unique homes This Home Looks Like a Barn (But Has Enough Room to Be a Small Castle) If you wanted to, you could drive straight through this home's living room. But it's too pretty for that … Tue, 30 Oct 2018 22:00:38 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/barn-style-house-229743/#comments Melanie Moriarty <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Like many married couples, the Clarks have a lot in common: a last name, a first name (they're both Kelly) and an affinity for wide-open spaces - which inspired them to build a 10,000-square-foot barn-style home on 30 acres of land in West Monroe, Louisiana. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But let's back up. Kelly Clark (that's him) and Kelly Moore-Clark (that's her) wanted a change of scenery for their family. So when a friend put some land up for sale, they decided to make a move. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We pretty much bought the property sight unseen because you couldn't walk through it," Moore-Clark says, referring to the thicket of overgrown trees and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/can-houseplants-really-clean-air-220580/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">plants</a> that carpeted the ground. "We bought the land and then crossed our fingers that, when we cleared it, we would find a spot to build the home." </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Spoiler alert: They found that spot. The perfect location sat at the back of the property on a hilltop, far from the main road. </span></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hdL0WePP1ng" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They immediately began working with a team of designers to create a plan for their space. The blueprints were beautiful, but something didn't feel quite right. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We just couldn't pull the trigger on it. … It was just a gut feeling," Moore-Clark says. "I [felt] like whatever [was] supposed to be out here [was] supposed to be special." </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Then, Moore-Clark's mother had an idea: Why not build a home that looked like a barn?</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229755 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Louisiana-Barn-Girl-running-in-field--77d4a8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I remember [my mom] specifically saying, 'You could roll the doors up and drive through the house,'" Moore-Clark says. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And that's when it all clicked. With the help of Moore-Clark's father, a former army draftsman, they made a new plan, hired a team of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/types-of-contractors-224766/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">subcontractors</a> and watched their home begin to take shape. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It was a very organic [building] process," Moore-Clark says. "As the framers started framing it up, we would come into the room, and I would try to envision what our life [would look] like." </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Moore-Clark doesn't have to use her imagination anymore. Today the couple, their three daughters, a dog, an old pony and 80 free-range chickens roam about the 10,000-square-foot home. And although they spend most of their time in a small fraction of the space, there's plenty of room to grow. Three main areas, to be exact.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229756 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LouisianaBarnHome__2-Living-area-c32c90.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">At approximately 2,250 square feet, the east side of the home is where you can usually find the family. This area includes the bedrooms, the living room/kitchen area and the bathroom. </span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229757 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LouisianaBarnHome__3-Bathroom-698f2c.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speaking of that bathroom: "I wanted it to be like a little greenhouse," Moore-Clark says. Her vision for the bathroom predates the actual bathroom itself - she bought the tub before they started building. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Even though there's room for dozens of bedrooms, the girls share one room, complete with custom-designed bunk beds. </span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229752 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Louisiana-Barn-Bunk-beds-e84b97.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And then there's the breezeway. This is the second section of the home, and it's around 2,000 square feet. The breezeway is an indoor porch area with roll-up doors and plenty of living space. </span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229751 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Louisiana-Barn-Breezeway-f140c3.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Lots of playing happens in the breezeway," Moore-Clark says. "[The girls] ride their bikes through it, put on musical events with their friends - ballets, plays, lots of things."  </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Finally, there's the west side, which contains an office space, a home gym, a shop, and a guest bedroom and bathroom.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229759 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LouisianaBarnHome__5-Bedroom-d6c620.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"When people stay … they really have their own space," Moore-Clark says. "You don't even hear each other. It's good for a little retreat." </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home is good for a lot of activities that fall outside the ordinary - it's hosted <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/this-rockin-tiny-home-actually-doubles-as-an-amp-227625/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">live music recordings</a>, floral workshops and even a Christmas Eve church service. </span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229754 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Louisiana-Barn-Family-in-kitchen-4a82b6.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So what compelled Clark and Moore-Clark to create a space so vast and so intimate at the same time? They're not really sure. Yet.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We feel like, one day, it's going to be used for something interesting. … [It's] a gut feeling." Moore-Clark says. "We don't know exactly why we built this place the way it is. But we knew it was right." </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Photos by </span><a href="http://sethshoots.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Seth MacMillan</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></em></p> <p><b>Related articles: </b></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/farmhouse-style-prefab-229496/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Farmhouse-Style Prefab That&#8217;ll Make You Want to Ditch the Big City</span></a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/sleek-prefab-meets-rustic-red-barn-226246/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sleek Prefab Meets Rustic Red Barn – House of the Week</span></a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/salvaging-a-family-barn-215734/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Haylofts to Hardwoods: How One Family Salvaged a Historic Barn By Hand</span></a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=SJ1e66IKLkI:cjC6bE6wRz8:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=SJ1e66IKLkI:cjC6bE6wRz8:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/barn-style-house-229743/feed/ 29 https://www.zillow.com/blog/barn-style-house-229743/ 2018-10-30 22:00 +00:00 2018-10-31 11:00 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229718 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/up5PLLeEWQo/ Unique Homes modern unique homes victorian A Park Slope Townhome That Went From 'Mess' to Masterpiece Collapsing plaster, an outdated layout and years of neglect? Sounds like ingredients for a dream home. Tue, 30 Oct 2018 20:46:54 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/park-slope-townhome-renovation-229718/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>Very few would have considered purchasing a crumbling and decrepit 1890 Victorian townhome. But Lindsey Branca and her partner (both in business and in life), Mike Grosshandler, saw what most didn&#8217;t: opportunity.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229738" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Slope_Townhouse_Portraits_004-e61a6d.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p>After a sweeping renovation that included collapsing plaster and a complete layout change, this townhome - located in trendy Park Slope, Brooklyn - went from a deteriorated state to downright stately.</p> <p>&#8220;When we purchased the home, we were on the hunt for a &#8216;mess&#8217; that would provide the most opportunity,&#8221; says Branca.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229732" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Slope_Townhouse_Entryway_011-2b06ed.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229735" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Slope_Townhouse_Living_Room_017-f5e379.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>The opportunity they saw in this home was a &#8220;hidden&#8221; second floor not visible from the street - a very rare find in the New York City real estate scene. This hidden second floor brought a whole treasure trove of extra square footage, including an extra floor of bedrooms.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229739" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Slope_Townhouse_TV_Room_010-654394.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229740" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Slope_Townhouse_TV_Room_022-0482c9.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>Although the renovation was a complete overhaul, which involved removing a bedroom downstairs, taking out a bathroom, and removing an extra kitchen from its days of multifamily use, the project only took Branca&#8217;s restoration company, <a href="https://www.brancaand.co/current/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Branca &amp; Co.</a>, around nine months to complete.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229731" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Slope_Townhouse_Dining_Room_066-deb334.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229749" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Slope_Townhouse_Kitchen_029-e9004d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Inside, they transformed damaged carpets and worn-out walls into a sleek and contemporary single-family home.</p> <p>They kept as much original detail as they could, such as the painstakingly stripped marble mantles, and what they weren&#8217;t able to salvage (like the damaged plaster molding), they restored to fit the original design.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229737" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Slope_Townhouse_Office_051-71b6b8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229726" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Slope_Townhouse_Bathroom_Ground_Floor_011-f69623.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p>The modern details they added, like white oak plank flooring and an open-concept kitchen with a large island and open shelving, play nicely with traditional details, such as a clawfoot tub and trace ceilings.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229729" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Slope_Townhouse_Bedroom_Master_028-398c3b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229728" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Slope_Townhouse_Bathroom_Master_016-70d759.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;m very happy with the results. We stuck to a very strict budget (one my architect was skeptical we could hit), yet we were still able to produce a really beautiful, thoughtful product,&#8221; says Branca.</p> <p><em>Photos by <a href="http://www.nicolefranzen.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Nicole Franzen</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/park-city-treehaus-228936/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Modern Design Goes Green in This Park City Mountain Escape</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/whale-watch-from-rooftop-decks-229451/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Whale Watch From Any of This Home&#8217;s 3 Rooftop Decks</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bloomhouse-unique-home-229386/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Remarkable Home Is Anything but Square</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=up5PLLeEWQo:D6KJUBUbrwU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=up5PLLeEWQo:D6KJUBUbrwU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/park-slope-townhome-renovation-229718/feed/ 6 https://www.zillow.com/blog/park-slope-townhome-renovation-229718/ 2018-10-30 20:46 +00:00 2018-10-31 09:46 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=222241 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/lqG3EV0zNUE/ Tips & Advice relocation 7 Places in America That Will Pay You to Move There From cash grants to free lots of land, these incentives are luring city dwellers to rural America. Thu, 25 Oct 2018 13:08:43 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/7-places-america-will-pay-move-222241/#comments Brittan Jenkins <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you're willing to move and if you meet the qualifications, many rural American towns are offering incentives aimed at attracting new residents and reviving their communities.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">At the beginning of the 20th century, </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/report/2017/highlights/home-rural-america/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">rural America housed more than half the country's entire population</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. While the number of Americans living in rural areas has been roughly stable over the past century - as urban and suburban America have boomed - its share of the total population has declined, falling from 54 percent in 1910 to just 19 percent in 2010. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This is due, in part, to migration to urban cores, especially by younger generations and the middle class.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This decline in population - and the accompanying social and economic challenges - is forcing rural America to come up with incentives to attract new residents back to rural communities.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tribune, Kansas, offers such a program. "If you move here, we will pay down your student debt," explains Christy Hopkins, community development director for Kansas' least populated county, Greeley (in which Tribune sits). </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This program, called the Rural Opportunity Zone (ROZ) program, offers perks to grads from big cities for moving to underpopulated towns in one of 77 participating Kansas counties. One of the incentives? They'll help you pay off your student loans - up to $15,000 over the course of five years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And it seems to be working - for both the town and its new residents. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We're the least populated county - we're 105th in population for counties in Kansas, and now we're eighth in college degrees per capita. There's a correlation to draw," says Hopkins. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here are five towns and three states that offer a robust set of loans, programs and/or assistance for those seeking to become homeowners:</span></p> <h2>Curtis, Nebraska</h2> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Population: 891</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Median home value: $79,000</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dream of building your own home from the ground up? Curtis, Nebraska, has a sweet deal for you. If you construct a single-family home within a specified time period,  </span><a href="http://www.curtis-ne.com/freelots.php" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">you&#8217;ll receive the lot of land it sits on </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">for free</span></i></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <h2>Marne, Iowa</h2> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Population: 115</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Median home value: $75,300</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Just 45 minutes east of Omaha, Marne will </span><a href="https://marneiowa.com/marne-free-lots" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">give you a lot of land for free</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> - all you have to do is build the house (conventional construction or modular) and meet program requirements. Houses must be a minimum of 1,200 square feet, and the average lot size is approximately 80 feet by 120 feet.  </span></p> <h2>Harmony, Minnesota</h2> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Population: 999</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Median home value: $93,900</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dreaming of a a newly built home in the Land of 10,000 Lakes? Good news: Your dream comes with a cash rebate. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Harmony Economic Development Authority offers </span><a href="http://www.harmony.mn.us/index.asp?SEC=022F2A6B-7FAA-4E0D-88F0-ED95E1CB6D8C&amp;Type=B_BASIC" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">a cash rebate program</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to incentivize new home construction. Based on the final estimated market value of the new home, rebates range from $5,000 to $12,000, and there are no restrictions on the applicant's age, income level or current residency. </span></p> <h2>Baltimore, Maryland</h2> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Population: 616,958</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Median home value: $116,300<br /> </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Definitively </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">not </span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">a rural town, Baltimore offers homeowners incentives that are too appealing to leave off this list. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Baltimore has two programs offering robust incentives for buying a home in the city. </span><a href="https://livebaltimore.com/financial-incentives/details/buying-into-baltimore/#.Wfir0BNSxTa" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Buying Into Baltimore</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> offers a $5,000 forgivable loan (forgiven by 20 percent each year so that by the end of five years, you no longer have a balance) if you meet certain qualifications. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The city&#8217;s second solution is a brilliant one. The </span><a href="https://livebaltimore.com/financial-incentives/details/vacants-to-value-booster/#.Wfir0RNSxTa" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vacants to Value Booster</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> program offers $10,000 toward down payment and closing costs when you buy one of the program&#8217;s distressed or formerly distressed properties. </span></p> <h2>New Haven, Connecticut</h2> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Population: 131,014</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Median home value: $168,400</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Also not a rural area, but offering an incredibly generous package of homeowner incentives, New Haven offers a suite of programs </span><a href="http://renewhavenct.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">totaling up to $80,000</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> for new homeowners, including a $10,000 forgivable five-year loan to first-time home buyers, $30,000 renovation assistance and/or up to $40,000 for college tuition.   </span></p> <h2>Alaska</h2> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Population: 739,795<br /> </span></em><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Median home value: $310,200</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Alaska offers incentives for veterans and live-in caretakers of physically or mentally disabled residents. They even have a manufactured home program and a rural owner-occupied loan program. </span><a href="https://www.ahfc.us/buy/loan-programs/alphabetical-list-loans/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">See the full list of programs here</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <h2>Colorado</h2> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Population: 5.6 million<br /> </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Median home value:</em> <em>$368,100</em></span></p> <p><a href="https://www.chfainfo.com/homeownership/homeownership" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Colorado offers traditional programs</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that assist with down payments and low interest rates, but it also has a disability program that helps first-time buyers who have a permanent disability finance their home. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The state also has a down payment assistance grant that provides recipients with up to 4 percent of their first mortgage, which doesn't require repayment.</span></p> <p><iframe style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FZillow%2Fvideos%2F10155905783763594%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=476" width="476" height="476" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br /> <span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span><b>Related:</b></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/small-town-homes-for-sale-229674/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Small-Town Charm: 8 Homes for Sale in Less Populated Areas</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/farmhouse-style-prefab-229496/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Farmhouse-Style Prefab That&#8217;ll Make You Want to Ditch the Big City</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/fall-a-great-time-to-buy-185456/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published October 2017. Information updated October 2018.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=lqG3EV0zNUE:P5nkaDIlQbc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=lqG3EV0zNUE:P5nkaDIlQbc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/7-places-america-will-pay-move-222241/feed/ 135 https://www.zillow.com/blog/7-places-america-will-pay-move-222241/ 2018-10-25 13:08 +00:00 2018-10-26 02:08 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513803/comment-have-we-hit-the-bottom?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Have+we+hit+the+bottom%3F https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513803/comment-have-we-hit-the-bottom?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Have+we+hit+the+bottom%3F COMMENT: Have we hit the bottom? <p>It looks like New Zealand&#39;s property market may have reached a floor, and the worst could be over for property market activity, argues CoreLogic&#39;s head of research Nick Goodall.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2018 09:12:00 +1300 2018-10-25 09:12 +13:00 2018-10-25 09:12 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229674 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/uy_S4Uc3ajQ/ Unique Homes craftsman unique homes victorian Small-Town Charm: 8 Homes for Sale in Less Populated Areas Tired of the big-city rat race? Respite awaits in one of these quaint charmers. Mon, 22 Oct 2018 22:29:57 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/small-town-homes-for-sale-229674/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>There&#8217;s just something special about a small town. Less traffic, no noise pollution and friendly neighbors can all make for an idyllic escape from the grit of the city.</p> <p>Some of these small towns may be hours from the nearest Amazon Locker or Whole Foods, but what they lack in big-city amenities, they make up for in big-time charm.</p> <p>Here are eight homes for sale in some of the best small towns in America.</p> <h2>Stately in South Carolina</h2> <p>For sale: $668,000</p> <p>Nothing could be sweeter than this stately home in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8-Mises-Rd-Beaufort-SC-29907/68771383_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Beaufort, South Carolina</a>, which has a prime location on South Carolina&#8217;s coastal Sea Islands. The home was built in 1997, but it looks like it was plucked straight from the 19th century, with notable features like a large front porch, whitewashed brick on the exterior, an updated and spacious living-dining area, and a covered back porch for those sweltering summer nights.</p> <figure id="attachment_229682" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8-Mises-Rd-Beaufort-SC-29907/68771383_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-229682 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Beaufort-SC-a2f514.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8-Mises-Rd-Beaufort-SC-29907/68771383_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/beaufort-sc/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Beaufort</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>A coastal cottage in small-town California</h2> <p>For sale: $1.4 million</p> <p>This quaint cottage in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7-SE-Mission-St-Carmel-CA-93921/2088019496_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Carmel-by-the-Sea, California,</a> is the quintessential coastal retreat. Carmel-by-the-Sea is located just an hour outside the tech capital of the country - San Jose - but feels worlds away, thanks to its small population and relaxed lifestyle. The cottage itself is a seaside charmer, featuring blue cedar shake siding and a large deck for lounging, and it&#8217;s just a short walk from downtown Carmel.</p> <figure id="attachment_229681" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7-SE-Mission-St-Carmel-CA-93921/2088019496_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-229681 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Carmel-CA-81b08d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7-SE-Mission-St-Carmel-CA-93921/2088019496_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/carmel-by-the-sea-ca/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Carmel-by-the-Sea</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>Small-town Southern charm in Georgia</h2> <p>For sale: $379,900</p> <p>If there were one home to define small-town Southern charm, it might be this cute Craftsman in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/317-Prospector-Trl-Dahlonega-GA-30533/105329306_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dahlonega, Georgia</a>. Once considered a gold-mining destination, Dahlonega is now a quiet little mountain town with a downtown that&#8217;s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Craftsman home, located minutes from the downtown square, is elegant yet cozy, with hardwood floors throughout the main level, wainscoting in the dining room, and two levels of decks that have a beautiful tree-lined view.</p> <figure id="attachment_229680" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/317-Prospector-Trl-Dahlonega-GA-30533/105329306_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-229680 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Dahlonega-GA-7654f4.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/317-Prospector-Trl-Dahlonega-GA-30533/105329306_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/dahlonega-ga/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dahlonega</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>Scandinavian style in a small mountain town</h2> <p>For sale: $1.1 million</p> <p>This cabin in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/325-Bald-Mountain-Rd-Ketchum-ID-83340/112907377_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ketchum, Idaho </a>- population 2,689 - may have your typical rustic mountain cabin exterior, but pop inside and you&#8217;ll find an unexpected use of Scandinavian style. The interior of the cabin features Venetian plaster, low-voltage cable lighting, stainless spacers in maple-wrapped beams and a custom staircase.</p> <figure id="attachment_229678" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/325-Bald-Mountain-Rd-Ketchum-ID-83340/112907377_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-229678 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Ketchum-ID-3f30de.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/325-Bald-Mountain-Rd-Ketchum-ID-83340/112907377_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/ketchum-id/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ketchum</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>Fancy on the New York farm</h2> <p>For sale: $995,000</p> <p>Just a bit beyond the bright lights of Times Square, you&#8217;ll find this vibrant farmhouse in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/15-Old-Farm-Rd-Rhinebeck-NY-12572/30140033_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rhinebeck, New York</a>, which is a charming and historic town about two hours away from Manhattan. This home makes small-town life feel fabulous, with stunning details like beamed vaulted ceilings in the living space and master bedroom, a chef&#8217;s kitchen, and even an indoor lap pool with views of the 5-acre lot.</p> <figure id="attachment_229676" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/15-Old-Farm-Rd-Rhinebeck-NY-12572/30140033_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-229676 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Rhinebeck-NY-8fa3c0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="527" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/15-Old-Farm-Rd-Rhinebeck-NY-12572/30140033_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/rhinebeck-ny/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rhinebeck</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>A Queen Anne Victorian in Arkansas</h2> <p>For sale: $439,000</p> <p>This quirky and colorful Queen Anne Victorian home in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/263-Spring-St-Eureka-Springs-AR-72632/117928614_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Eureka Springs, Arkansas,</a> is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, and it&#8217;s currently being used as a bed-and-breakfast for the bustling tourist town in the Ozarks. A pastel facade and a large front porch greet you as you enter the 7-bed, 7.5-bath home - which is divided up into three floors full of guest suites with private entrances.</p> <figure id="attachment_229679" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/263-Spring-St-Eureka-Springs-AR-72632/117928614_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-229679 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Eureka-Springs-AR-c9d978.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/263-Spring-St-Eureka-Springs-AR-72632/117928614_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/eureka-springs-ar/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Eureka Springs</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>Mayberry-like in Marietta, Ohio</h2> <p>For sale: $270,000</p> <p>This Arts and Crafts-style home, located in the historic district of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/608-5th-St-Marietta-OH-45750/75124259_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Marietta, Ohio</a> (population 14,085), combines the gorgeous architecture of the early 20th century with the modern, convenient and open spaces of the 21st century. The rooms throughout the home have been carefully updated while still keeping the original charm intact, including the embellishments on the hardwood floors, the built-ins in the living area, and the cozy fireplaces in the dining and living spaces.</p> <figure id="attachment_229677" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/608-5th-St-Marietta-OH-45750/75124259_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-229677 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Marietta-OH-96c6fc.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="555" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/608-5th-St-Marietta-OH-45750/75124259_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/marietta-oh/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Marietta</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>Small Southwestern charm in Taos</h2> <p>For sale: $725,000</p> <p>This pueblo-style home in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/123-Kit-Carson-Rd-Taos-NM-87571/102030714_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Taos, New Mexico,</a> is just a short walk to the small town&#8217;s famous art galleries in Taos Plaza. The pueblo itself is a work of art, with beautiful details like dark wood beams across the ceiling, a Spanish tile floor and a large fireplace in the living room.</p> <figure id="attachment_229687" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/123-Kit-Carson-Rd-Taos-NM-87571/102030714_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-229687 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Taos-NM-8cacd8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/123-Kit-Carson-Rd-Taos-NM-87571/102030714_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/taos-nm/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Taos</a> homes for sale.</p> <p><em>Top photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/32-34-Park-St-Stowe-VT-05672/2087397349_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cabins-for-300000-or-less-222557/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9 Cozy Cabins for $300,000 or Less</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/farmhouse-style-prefab-229496/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Farmhouse-Style Prefab That&#8217;ll Make You Want to Ditch the Big City</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/fall-a-great-time-to-buy-185456/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=uy_S4Uc3ajQ:aAvwGvqyj3Y:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=uy_S4Uc3ajQ:aAvwGvqyj3Y:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/small-town-homes-for-sale-229674/feed/ 51 https://www.zillow.com/blog/small-town-homes-for-sale-229674/ 2018-10-22 22:29 +00:00 2018-10-23 11:29 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=190730 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/YzS4bW9q9pE/ Home Improvement entertaining Fall winter How to Host a Cozy Game Night Dust off the cards, break out the vinyl and soak up the good vibes. It's game night! Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:29:46 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/hosting-a-cozy-game-night-190730/#comments Douglas Calhoun <p>It&#8217;s cold out there, and whether you&#8217;re snowed in or just looking to unwind, it&#8217;s the perfect time for game night.</p> <p>Fun for the whole family or as a night in with friends, game night is all about friendly competition. Decor should be simple, drinks should be hot and the mood should be mellow.</p> <p>Here&#8217;s a DIY and a recipe that are sure to charm even the chilliest guest. (Materials and instructions below!)</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jdy0hmFGHuk?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <h2>Card coasters materials</h2> <ul> <li>Vintage playing cards - find them at a flea market or yard sale</li> <li>Panel of cork - pick one up at any craft or hardware store</li> <li>Glue</li> </ul> <h2>Mulled wine recipe</h2> <ul> <li>6 cups of cider</li> <li>3 cups of orange juice</li> <li>1-1/2 bottles of red wine - a dry red is best</li> <li>Honey (to taste)</li> </ul> <p>Mix ingredients and simmer until hot. Garnish with a blood orange wheel, an anise pod and a stick of cinnamon. Should serve 10-12 people.</p> <p><em>Videography and photography by <a href="http://mikalmariephotography.businesscatalyst.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Mikal Marie Photography</a>. </em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-tips-for-achieving-maximum-coziness-229645/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9 Tips for Achieving Maximum Coziness</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-home-bar-type-217390/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Quiz: What Type of Bar Should You Build in Your Home?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/party-animals-entertaining-in-a-home-with-pets-196567/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Entertaining With Pets: How to Keep Them Safe (and Sane) at Your Next Soiree</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published January 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=YzS4bW9q9pE:xTEl4Vm03qY:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=YzS4bW9q9pE:xTEl4Vm03qY:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/hosting-a-cozy-game-night-190730/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/hosting-a-cozy-game-night-190730/ 2018-10-18 13:29 +00:00 2018-10-19 02:29 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=163503 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/TT_-QZ_CiAA/ Home Improvement home maintenance winter Find and Fix Drafty Windows to Keep Your Home Warm and Snug Drafts, be gone! Find them, seal them and banish them for good in 3 steps. Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:46:19 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/fix-drafty-windows-save-money-163503/#comments BobVila.com <p>There's a chill in the air - do you feel it? Rather than wait around for the mercury to plummet, take steps now to ensure that your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-weatherproofing-ideas-212026/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">home remains comfortable</a> through the coldest months of the year.</p> <p>Besides proper insulation and HVAC maintenance, I recommend taking a close look at your windows. Notorious for air leaks, windows can not only admit cold air but also allow heated air to escape.</p> <p>There are many ways to seal such drafts - but first you&#8217;ve got to find them.</p> <h2>Locate the draft</h2> <p>Here's a quick and easy method of testing the seal on your windows. First, walk through the house and close all the windows as tightly as possible. Next, light a candle. Hold the flame near each window, inches from the glass, slowly moving the candlestick around the seam between the window and its frame.</p> <p>If the flame bends or flickers while your hand is still, then there's probably an air leak. Mark the trouble spot with a sticky note so you can return to repair it later. Test every window in the house, marking each area where you suspect a draft.</p> <p>For a more accurate diagnosis, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-improvement-hire-out-214858/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">hire a professional</a> to perform an energy audit of your home. Though there&#8217;s a cost involved here, many local utility companies offer such services either for free or for a nominal fee. Check with the company that provides your electricity.</p> <p>It&#8217;s certainly worth inquiring, since what professional energy auditors do is a lot more sophisticated than the candle method. They conduct thorough room-by-room assessments - not only for window drafts but also for any other instances of energy inefficiency.</p> <h2>Address the cause</h2> <p>Having pinpointed the locations of window drafts in your house, the next step is to seal them all up.</p> <p>There are several ways to get the job done. Some methods are inexpensive, temporary and manageable for DIYers. Other more permanent options are quite expensive and best left to contractors. Choose the fix that best fits your needs and budget:</p> <h3>Weatherstripping<br /> </h3> <p>Easily affordable, with a price tag of only a few bucks per window, weatherstripping lends itself to easy DIY installation. Purchase the product in your chosen material - felt, foam, plastic or metal are readily available in hardware stores and home centers.</p> <p>Cut the strips to size and use them to fill the gaps between a window sash and jamb.</p> <h3>Caulking<br /> </h3> <p>Whether you&#8217;re working inside or outside, you&#8217;ll caulk windows in two places: where the window meets the surrounding casing, and where the casing meets the surrounding wall (inside) or siding material (outside).</p> <p>Tubes of caulk are inexpensive, and with a little practice, easy to use.  If you&#8217;ve caulked your windows in the past, that doesn&#8217;t mean you&#8217;re off the hook - caulk deteriorates over time. It may be time to remove the old caulk and start over.</p> <h3>Draft snakes<br /> </h3> <p>You&#8217;ve likely seen or even used a draft snake in the past. These are stuffed tubes, placed on a windowsill or under a door, as a modest measure of keeping out the cold and keeping in the warmth.</p> <p>Buy one at low cost or make your own for next to nothing. If you go the DIY route, you can use virtually any fabric, including extra towels or socks. Fill the middle with batting, rice, potpourri or anything similar you have on hand.</p> <p>Though decidedly makeshift, draft snakes work well in a pinch.</p> <h3>Insulation film<br /> </h3> <p>If you don't plan to open and close the window, try sealing it under a layer of insulation film. Sold by the roll, insulation film either self-adheres or goes on with double-stick tape.</p> <p>Also available are special shrink-wrap kits that, once heated with a hair dryer or other tool, create an impermeable, airtight seal without visible wrinkles.</p> <h3>Replacement windows<br /> </h3> <p>The bad news: It can cost a small fortune to replace the windows in your home. The good news: Upon resale, the average homeowner recoups about 79 percent of what they invested in the replacement.</p> <p>This isn&#8217;t a simple case of out with the old, in with the new. Properly installed, today&#8217;s <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/lowering-your-utility-bills-217965/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">energy-efficient windows</a> minimize drafts and create an overall tighter seal. In fact, Energy Star-rated windows can lower your energy bills by 7-15 percent monthly.</p> <h2>Add a layer of protection</h2> <p>No matter the benefits of replacement windows, many people are either unable or unwilling to cover the initial expense.</p> <p>If you&#8217;re looking for a less costly but permanent solution to window drafts, consider storm windows. Some designs fit within the window on the interior; others cover the window from the outside. Any type can go a long way toward insulating and protecting the windows you currently have.</p> <p>When it comes down to it, every layer helps. If you do nothing else to remedy the problem, why not at least <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-hang-curtains-228834/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">hang curtains</a>? You stand to gain not only greater comfort but also real savings on your month-to-month heating bills. Don&#8217;t get left out in the cold!</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-5-fireplace-questions-229654/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Your Top 5 Fireplace Questions, Answered</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-tips-for-achieving-maximum-coziness-229645/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9 Tips for Achieving Maximum Coziness</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cozy-updates-under-500-224101/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cozy Updates Under $500: Affordable Ways to Make Your Home a Winter Haven</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.</em></p> <p><em>Originally published October 31, 2014.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=TT_-QZ_CiAA:ZHkPZcJLKD4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=TT_-QZ_CiAA:ZHkPZcJLKD4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/fix-drafty-windows-save-money-163503/feed/ 2 https://www.zillow.com/blog/fix-drafty-windows-save-money-163503/ 2018-10-18 09:46 +00:00 2018-10-18 22:46 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229654 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/rn4FMxAyvRA/ Home Improvement Fall Fixtures home maintenance winter Your Top 5 Fireplace Questions, Answered Ready for the snap, crackle and pop of a roaring fire? Here's everything you need to know. Tue, 16 Oct 2018 21:58:11 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-5-fireplace-questions-229654/#respond Steve Asbell <p>Fireplaces are one of the most sought-after home features, but using one can be intimidating, and you've probably got questions.</p> <p>Here's a quick guide to get you and your fire started <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/12-steps-prepare-home-for-fall-204676/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">this fall</a>.</p> <h2>How do I use a wood-burning fireplace?</h2> <p>If a cave man can start a fire, so can you.</p> <p><strong>1. Get your chimney inspected<br /> </strong>Safety is your first priority! Have your fireplace and chimney inspected by a licensed professional. This is something you should do every year, before the first fire of the season.</p> <p><strong>2. Prepare the fireplace</strong><br /> Clean out any old ashes with a broom (make sure they're cool, of course). Check that the damper is open and working properly.</p> <p><strong>3. Gather and prep your wood</strong><br /> Use seasoned hardwood that has been split and dried for at least six months - preferably for a year. Seasoned hardwood logs should be dark and cracked at the ends, and they should make a hollow sound when knocked together.</p> <p>To construct a long-lasting fire, place a rolled-up ball of newspaper beneath the grates. Then lay pieces of narrow, finely split wood in a crisscross pattern on the grates.</p> <p>Finish the stack by securely resting one to three dry logs over the kindling.</p> <p><strong>4. Prime the flue</strong><br /> This step heats the cold air inside the flue so you don't get a backup of smoke. Before you light the fire, light a tightly rolled-up sheet of newspaper, and hold it toward the open damper. Keep it there for a minute or two until you see the smoke going up the flue.</p> <p><strong>5. Light it up!</strong><br /> Now you're ready to light your fire and enjoy.</p> <p>If the fire starts to go out, gently fan the flames with folded newspaper or use a poker to get the air flowing again. Add logs to the fire with tongs to provide more fuel.</p> <p>When the fire has gone out for the night, close the metal or glass doors before you <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-style-dream-bedroom-224122/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">go to bed</a>.</p> <h2>Are fireplaces efficient?</h2> <p>It depends. Wood-burning fireplaces, for all their old-fashioned charm, are a wildly wasteful way to heat a house. Since heat rises upward, most of it escapes through the chimney, even when the fire has gone out for the night.</p> <p>Fireplaces located against an outside wall lose even more heat, since much of it is lost to the cold outdoor air.</p> <p>Solution? Only use your wood-burning fireplace for special occasions. If you don't plan on using your fireplace often, purchase an inflatable plug to add insulation.</p> <p>Gas fireplaces are more efficient, and the newest models are realistic enough to make you forget that you don't own any firewood. Switching to a gas insert is expensive, though, especially if you have to make changes to your chimney.</p> <p>If aesthetics are all that matter, use your fireplace to display lit candles.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229661" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-549597211-728cde.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <h2>Are fireplaces safe?</h2> <p>Fire is the very definition of unsafe, but that doesn't mean you can't safely enjoy your fireplace. You just have to maintain it and practice common sense:</p> <ul> <li>Keep flammable materials and objects away from the fireplace, and store firewood well away from the house.</li> <li>To keep embers from flying out and igniting your unread stack of magazines, use a mesh or metal screen when the fire is lit.</li> <li>Before lighting the first fire of the season, inspect your extinguishers, test your smoke detectors and review your family's evacuation routes.</li> <li>Continue to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly.</li> <li>The glass doors, mesh screen and tools can be dangerously hot. If you have children, use a free-standing barrier to prevent burns.</li> </ul> <p>Wood-burning fireplaces produce smoke that can irritate or even damage your lungs, even with a properly functioning chimney. To keep smoke from filling your house, ensure that the damper is open, your home is ventilated, and the chimney has been inspected and cleared of obstructions.</p> <p>Carbon monoxide is produced by both gas and wood-burning fireplaces, and it's especially dangerous because it's invisible, silent and odorless. Use carbon monoxide detectors and inspect them regularly.</p> <h2>Why does my gas fireplace smell?</h2> <p>What you smell is an additive that's been included in the propane to help you detect gas leaks.</p> <p>Vent-free gas fireplaces typically come with an oxygen depletion sensor that will shut off the flame if too much carbon monoxide is detected, and vented fireplaces pull fumes away from the house.</p> <p>These <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/diy-safety-229180/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">safety measures</a> aren't foolproof, however, so ensure that you have carbon monoxide detectors installed, and inspect them monthly by pressing the "Test" button.</p> <h2>How often should I clean my chimney?</h2> <p>A buildup of soot and creosote is more than unsightly: It can reduce airflow, cause smoke to back up and even create a fire risk.</p> <p>To avoid a chimney fire, have your fireplace and chimney inspected annually by a licensed professional. They will likely recommend a cleaning when the layer of residue is about 1/8 of an inch thick.</p> <p>To clean inside the fireplace, put on a dust mask, sweep out the ashes, and scrub the surfaces with a brush and dishwashing liquid.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-what-does-your-dream-cabin-look-like-229529/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Quiz: What Does Your Dream Cabin Look Like?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/fireplace-every-room-222522/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Fireplace for Every Room</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-tips-for-achieving-maximum-coziness-229645/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9 Tips for Achieving Maximum Coziness</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=rn4FMxAyvRA:_w-f1_L_KCw:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=rn4FMxAyvRA:_w-f1_L_KCw:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-5-fireplace-questions-229654/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-5-fireplace-questions-229654/ 2018-10-16 21:58 +00:00 2018-10-17 10:58 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229645 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/9U04yIpN4TE/ Home Improvement entertaining Fall 9 Tips for Achieving Maximum Coziness Gray skies don't have to mean a drab indoor life. Mon, 15 Oct 2018 23:20:46 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-tips-for-achieving-maximum-coziness-229645/#comments Callie Little <p>As fall continues and the days become shorter, it's too tempting to just hibernate until spring. But there is, indeed, joy to be found in the quieter months of the year.</p> <p>Perhaps it's a bit overdone to talk about <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hygge-scandinavian-simplicity-210343/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the art of hygge</a>, that untranslatable Danish word that references the feeling of being ultra-cozy and content.</p> <p>The thing is, the Danes know how to thrive in winter. You might already know they're the happiest people on earth, but did you know a lot of them attribute their unseasonably sunny outlook to their home- and self-care habits?</p> <p>When it's cold and rainy out, you might hear the siren song of your favorite streaming service. Ahh, sweet, solitary binge-watching! But if you'd like a more satisfying way to spend a chilly evening, here are a few ideas to channel the Danes' wisdom and make an intentionally delightful day out of drab weather.</p> <h2>1. Set the mood</h2> <p>Candles are a key ingredient to a supremely comfortable atmosphere. Not only do they provide beautiful, soft lighting, but they also add warmth and scent to your space.</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong> Choose seasonal scents to inspire celebration, or choose a summery scent, such as coconut and floral, to help combat the seasonal blues.</p> <h2>2. Bake something</h2> <p>Cake is central to the cozy experience. But it doesn't just begin when you eat the cake (or cookies or pie) - it begins when you buy the ingredients.</p> <p>Go to your favorite market, choose your ingredients carefully, and mix them with great care, taking your time to enjoy the task at hand. It's just a bonus that your baking will flood your space with delicious smells - and taste good too.</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong> Call up a friend or family member whose recipes deserve appreciation, and ask if they could show you how to work out their spectacular skills. Baking together makes for a lovely afternoon, no matter the weather!</p> <h2>3. Add texture</h2> <p>Plush throws, sheepskins and cushions make for a much more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/passions-in-home-decor-226113/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">inviting space</a>. Cover your surfaces in as many luxurious fabrics and pillows as you can find and snuggle down.</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong> Faux is just as fashionable as the real thing. If cost prohibits, find inexpensive alternatives.</p> <h2>4. Invite people over</h2> <p>Do you tend to hide from your friends as soon as October hits? Fight the urge to retreat, and invite your nearest and dearest (or those you want to know better) over to share your coziness. Bonus: Ask them to bring a bottle of your favorite autumnal beverage!</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong> Low on funds but want to host a dinner party? Ask everyone to bring an ingredient for stew, and make it together.</p> <h2>5. Get out the board games</h2> <p>They gather dust all year, so make use of them now! For the minimalists among us, a deck of cards is a highly versatile recreational object to keep around. No one to play with? Try your hand at a game of solitaire - analog style.</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong> Have long-distance friends and loved ones? There are many gaming apps that you can play from all over the world. Start up a game and maintain your connections year-round!</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229648" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-652372377_800px-1ab9a6.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>6. Perfect your hot drink game</h2> <p>Hot cocoa, hot toddies, apple cider, mulled wine - pick your poison. Whatever it is, find your own special recipe that is so delicious you can't wait to show it off. Then have those aforementioned friends over again!</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong> Why, yes, you can put whiskey in those drinks. But it's usually a good idea to perfect a mocktail version, too, for friends who don't imbibe.</p> <h2>7. Embrace sweater weather</h2> <p>If you don't already have a favorite sweater, it's time to find one. It should be something that makes you feel at home when you slip it on. Cashmere, wool, mohair - anything will do. Whatever you choose, pair it with thick socks!</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong> Start a knitting, crocheting or weaving circle, and make your own sweater over the course of the winter. It's easier to get through lengthy projects when you're sitting beside a friend - and it's a great excuse to get together every week, no matter the weather.</p> <h2>8. Curate your cold-outside playlist</h2> <p>Make yourself a mix of music that inspires you to do all those things that make you feel absolutely endeared to your space. Put it on shuffle, relax, repeat.</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong> Instrumentals are classics for a reason - they can work as background for just about anything. When in doubt, most music services have pre-made playlists, some of which you can filter by mood.</p> <h2>9. Do seasonal activities</h2> <p>Making caramel apples? Check. Carving pumpkins? Check. Canning, puddle jumping, sledding, walking through string-light-wrapped neighborhoods? Check!</p> <p>Whatever your favorite seasonal treats might be, set some dates to make them happen and feel the magic of even the most blah weather wash over you.</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong> This is a great way to involve kids in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/clever-thanksgiving-diys-222061/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">seasonal celebration</a>. If you don't have children of your own, hosting a kid-friendly event (such as pumpkin painting) is a lovely way to connect with friends with little ones. Not a fan of cleaning up after the kids? Offer them a treat in exchange for cleaning up. Everybody wins.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/renter-profile-capitol-hill-seattle-229524/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Make the Most of 500 Square Feet: See How This City Renter Did It</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cozy-up-your-kitchen-for-fall-184686/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">4 Ways to Cozy Up Your Kitchen for Fall</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-what-does-your-dream-cabin-look-like-229529/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Quiz: What Does Your Dream Cabin Look Like?</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=9U04yIpN4TE:4nm7w5s2nmg:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=9U04yIpN4TE:4nm7w5s2nmg:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-tips-for-achieving-maximum-coziness-229645/feed/ 29 https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-tips-for-achieving-maximum-coziness-229645/ 2018-10-15 23:20 +00:00 2018-10-16 12:20 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513741/comment-reform-word-games?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Reform+word+games https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513741/comment-reform-word-games?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+Reform+word+games COMMENT: Reform word games <p>Everyone is talking about residential rental reform at the moment - or are they? Here&#39;s what Auckland Property Investors Association vice president Peter Lewis has to say about it...&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Oct 2018 12:54:00 +1300 2018-10-12 12:54 +13:00 2018-10-12 12:54 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=222557 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/lyQIwt75P54/ Unique Homes cabins Ski homes 9 Cozy Cabins for $300,000 or Less Don't just dream about cabin life - make it yours! Start here with these 9 budget-friendly beauties. Tue, 09 Oct 2018 13:32:42 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/cabins-for-300000-or-less-222557/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>A cabin is the perfect space to get away from it all, unplug the electronics, and enjoy the great outdoors with friends and family. But if you thought a cabin with exposed wooden beams and neighbors nowhere in sight wasn&#8217;t possibly in your budget - think again!</p> <p>Grab your flannel blanket and a cup of hot coffee, and peruse these 9 cozy cabins that will fit even a modest budget.</p> <h2>Adorable A-Frame by the lake</h2> <p>For sale: $234,900</p> <p>This A-frame cabin in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/96077-S-Redbud-Ln-Gore-OK-74435/2096712345_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Gore, Oklahoma,</a> has stellar views of crystal-clear Lake Tenkiller from the spacious back porch, and it's just down the road from direct water access. After a long day out on the lake, you'll enjoy the open-concept living and dining space, which has plenty of natural light from the French doors and the windows that stretch nearly up to the gable. Snuggle up with a book at the end of the day in one of the bedrooms or in the bonus sleeping loft upstairs.</p> <figure id="attachment_229537" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/96077-S-Redbud-Ln-Gore-OK-74435/2096712345_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-229537 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Gore-OK-30a3eb.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/96077-S-Redbud-Ln-Gore-OK-74435/2096712345_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/gore-ok/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Gore</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>A cedar-sided hideaway</h2> <p>For sale: $259,000</p> <p>This storybook-like cabin in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house,mobile_type/193329021_zpid/0-300000_price/0-1246_mp/46.568656,-113.693304,46.441287,-113.862734_rect/12_zm/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Clinton, Montana,</a> is a stunner from the outside with cedar siding, a Juliet balcony, and a wraparound porch that&#8217;s perfect for looking out at the surrounding forest and that big Montana sky. Inside, the home has a spacious kitchen, 1 bedroom and space for another bed in a lofted area upstairs. The home is also equipped with a shop that has plenty of space to store winter toys.</p> <figure id="attachment_229588" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house,mobile_type/193329021_zpid/0-300000_price/0-1246_mp/46.568656,-113.693304,46.441287,-113.862734_rect/12_zm/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-229588 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Clinton-MT-b24dc1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house,mobile_type/193329021_zpid/0-300000_price/0-1246_mp/46.568656,-113.693304,46.441287,-113.862734_rect/12_zm/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/clinton-mt/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Clinton</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>Spacious and secluded in Minnesota</h2> <p>For sale: $299,900</p> <p>When you picture a quintessential cabin in the woods, you might picture this home in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/173-Winter-Wren-Rd-Grand-Marais-MN-55604/2101474157_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Grand Marais, Minnesota</a>. Pine paneling, wood floors, a stone fireplace, and plenty of natural light coming through the floor-to-ceiling windows give this cabin a dazzling yet austere appearance. The cabin also has plenty of perks for outdoor enthusiasts, including a trail that leads directly to the lake, where you&#8217;ll find your own private dock as well as a fire-pit area.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229628" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISu4r087vcuhnd0000000000-b8dda8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/grand-marais-mn/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Grand Marais</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>A modern A-Frame cabin</h2> <p>For sale: $200,000</p> <p>This Instagram-worthy A-frame in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7-Hemlock-Rd-Intervale-NH-03845/112990346_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Intervale, New Hampshire,</a> is picture perfect on the outside, complete with cedar-shake siding and red-trimmed windows that give the home a pop of color against the surrounding greenery. Inside the charm continues, with wood-planked walls in the living space, a spacious master suite with a remodeled bath and an exposed wooden beam, and an upstairs loft to be used as an extra bedroom or a comfy reading nook.</p> <figure id="attachment_229590" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7-Hemlock-Rd-Intervale-NH-03845/112990346_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-229590 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Intervale-NH-1d1cda.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7-Hemlock-Rd-Intervale-NH-03845/112990346_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/intervale-conway-nh/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Intervale</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>A rustic home in Heber City</h2> <p>For sale: $264,900</p> <p>Located just a short drive from the amenities of Park City, and with private winter access to the Uinta National Forest for winter snowmobiling, this rustic cabin in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/11523-E-Cliffrose-Dr-Heber-City-UT-84032/245490076_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Heber City, Utah,</a> has everything you need for staying and playing in the great outdoors. Wooden planks adorn the walls and ceilings throughout the cozy space, which has a master bedroom downstairs and an open loft with a balcony upstairs.</p> <figure id="attachment_229591" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/11523-E-Cliffrose-Dr-Heber-City-UT-84032/245490076_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-229591 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Heber-City-UT-3e7012.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/11523-E-Cliffrose-Dr-Heber-City-UT-84032/245490076_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/heber-city-ut/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Heber City</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>A Big Bear remodeled stunner</h2> <p>For sale: $299,900</p> <p>You certainly won&#8217;t be roughing it when you&#8217;re inside this glamorous cabin in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/309-Brewer-Way-Big-Bear-City-CA-92314/17393332_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Big Bear City, California</a>. The stylish and bold red front deck and wall of glass windows elegantly greet you from the road. And inside, the home has been completely remodeled, complete with granite countertops and new appliances in the kitchen, a large brick fireplace in the spacious living area, and wood-grain tile flooring throughout the home.</p> <figure id="attachment_229592" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/309-Brewer-Way-Big-Bear-City-CA-92314/17393332_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-229592 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Big-Bear-City-CA-48086e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/309-Brewer-Way-Big-Bear-City-CA-92314/17393332_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/big-bear-city-ca/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Big Bear City</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>A provincial Peshastin cabin</h2> <p>For sale: $225,000</p> <p>The views don&#8217;t get much better than those from this adorable cabin in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3849-Old-Blewett-Rd-Peshastin-WA-98847/2098789901_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Peshastin, Washington</a>. Between the stunning views of nearby Wedge Mountain and the dense surrounding forest, this home gets you up close and personal with nature. Beyond the scenery, this cabin provides a cozy retreat from nature, with an upstairs sleeping loft (in addition to its master bedroom), an outdoor shower that&#8217;s perfect after those steamy summer hikes, and plenty of space to store skis or snowboards in the two outdoor sheds.</p> <figure id="attachment_229593" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3849-Old-Blewett-Rd-Peshastin-WA-98847/2098789901_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-229593 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Peshastin-WA-9e793a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3849-Old-Blewett-Rd-Peshastin-WA-98847/2098789901_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/peshastin-wa/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Peshastin</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>Smoky Mountain views from every room</h2> <p>For sale: $289,000</p> <p>You can definitely smell that fresh mountain air from this roomy <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/219-Tolliver-Trl-Townsend-TN-37882/80999130_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Townsend, Tennessee,</a> cabin, which has views of the Smoky Mountains from every room. With 3 beds and 2 baths, you can comfortably fit the whole family for a weekend of hiking, biking, or simply hanging out on the back porch with unbelievable mountain views. This home is perfect for relaxing, with a hot tub outside and a Jacuzzi tub inside.</p> <figure id="attachment_229597" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/219-Tolliver-Trl-Townsend-TN-37882/80999130_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-229597 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Townsend-TN-3eec46.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/219-Tolliver-Trl-Townsend-TN-37882/80999130_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/townsend-tn/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Townsend</a> homes for sale.</p> <h2>A cathedral-like cabin</h2> <p>For sale: $230,000</p> <p>It may not get cold in Texas very often, but you'll have the urge to cuddle up around a fire by this cabin in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8449-Bruntsfield-Loop-Dr-Cleburne-TX-76033/97693910_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cleburne</a>. With cathedral-style ceilings, a covered porch, and a modern, spacious kitchen, you'll be set up to host friends and family throughout the year. Best of all, the home is located in a neighborhood known for its golf club, which is one of the best in Texas.</p> <figure id="attachment_229538" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8449-Bruntsfield-Loop-Dr-Cleburne-TX-76033/97693910_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-229538 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Cleburne-TX-d575ba.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8449-Bruntsfield-Loop-Dr-Cleburne-TX-76033/97693910_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/cleburne-tx/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cleburne</a> homes for sale.</p> <p><em>Top photo from Shutterstock.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-what-does-your-dream-cabin-look-like-229529/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Quiz: What Does Your Dream Cabin Look Like?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cabin-buying-tips-222101/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Cabin (and How to Find One!)</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/from-scraps-to-sanctuary-a-700-a-frame-cabin-228670/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">From Scraps to Sanctuary: A $700 A-Frame Cabin</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=lyQIwt75P54:mg5fgQc5gsE:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=lyQIwt75P54:mg5fgQc5gsE:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/cabins-for-300000-or-less-222557/feed/ 38 https://www.zillow.com/blog/cabins-for-300000-or-less-222557/ 2018-10-09 13:32 +00:00 2018-10-10 02:32 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=222101 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/WlxgSKDI84E/ Unique Homes cabins log cabins Ski homes 3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Cabin (and How to Find One!) Ready to cozy up to your own slice of cabin bliss? Here's where to start. Tue, 09 Oct 2018 13:06:59 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/cabin-buying-tips-222101/#comments Britany Robinson <p>A cabin in the woods can be a fairy-tale retreat - a place to curl up with a good book or conquer the nearby skiing hot spots. While there are plenty of cabins you can rent for a weekend, owning one provides the flexibility to escape when the weather or mood is right.</p> <p>Here are three questions to ask yourself before making an offer on your cozy hideaway.</p> <h2>1. What kind of cabin do you want?</h2> <p>The word "cabin" can refer to a variety of structures. Most people think of a small wooden house in a remote location, but that's not always the case - you have options, and they're worth exploring.</p> <h3>Log cabins</h3> <p>This traditional cabin type begs to be enjoyed with hot cocoa and a crackling fire. If a log cabin is calling your name, you&#8217;ll need to decide on the type of wood, the log shape and the corner styles.</p> <p>Spruce logs are popular for their resistance to decay, and Scandinavian pine is often chosen for its density and tight grain.</p> <h3>A-frame cabins</h3> <p>With a simple, iconic design, these triangular charmers can accommodate a lofted sleeping area or vaulted ceilings, and the roof's steep slant prevents snow or leaf buildup.</p> <p>Thanks to minimalism and tiny living trends, A-frames are experiencing a comeback. They're hip and affordable - <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/from-scraps-to-sanctuary-a-700-a-frame-cabin-228670/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">this tiny A-frame</a> cost only $700 to construct, using mostly found materials.</p> <h3>Mobile cabins</h3> <p>If you're looking for mobility, a tiny cabin can be built on wheels for towing capability.</p> <p>Gastineau Log Homes has a <a href="http://www.oakloghome.com/LogHomePlans/LogCabins2Go.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Log Cabins 2 Go</a> line, featuring 400-square-foot structures that are factory-made and ready to roll on trailers. An even tinier option - the <a href="http://rockymountaintinyhouses.com/stanley/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Stanley model from Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses</a>, built on an 8-foot-by-2-foot trailer with a foldable front porch.</p> <h3>Prefabricated and modular cabins</h3> <p>Many companies offer catalogs of cost-effective cabin designs to choose from. The designs are typically customizable but simple enough to be factory-made and then transported to your site.</p> <h2>2. Where do you want to vacation?</h2> <p>Do you want to be on a lake or a river? Far from the summer crowds or near a bustling mountain town? To find your ideal spot, keep these three things in mind.</p> <h3>Travel time, family time</h3> <p>Consider how often you'd like to use your cabin and how far you're willing to travel to do so. Factor in holiday traffic - will you make it there for a three-day weekend without wasting most of your time on the road?</p> <p>And since <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/friends-buying-vacation-home-215440/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">vacation homes</a> are often the place for families to gather, pick a location that's convenient for everyone - and one that offers activities all family members can enjoy.</p> <h3>Scenery</h3> <p>Cabins afford an opportunity to embrace the outdoors, so the setting is important. The window and porch views are going to play a prominent role in your relaxation time, so make sure you like what you see.</p> <p>If you're building your cabin, you'll want to plan your design and placement in harmony with the surrounding landscape. Log cabins are meant to look like they're a part of nature - not a disruption to it.</p> <h3>Maintenance</h3> <p>Remember that you won't always be around to shovel the driveway or mow the lawn. If offseason maintenance is a concern, make sure there's someone you can hire to look after your property when you're not there.</p> <h2>3. How much cabin can you afford?</h2> <p>Cabins might seem like a luxury, but with careful budgeting and lifestyle adjustments, you'll find they can be an affordable way to acquire property and vacation time.</p> <p>Budgeting for a cabin is just like budgeting for a home. The price tags vary widely, based on location, design, amenities and quality.</p> <p>Consider how much value you'll get for your money. If you're going to use it frequently, you won't need to rent vacation homes, which could save you money in the long run. And if you're going to rent it out, it could even make you money.</p> <p>But if your cabin could potentially sit there unused, collecting <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/taking-care-of-your-home-223424/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">maintenance to-dos</a> that you aren't around to complete, it can be a major financial drain.</p> <p>Speak with a financial adviser, and take plenty of time to assess pricing and location options before deciding if a second home is indeed within your budget.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-222183" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Cabin-4-fa3242.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="800" /></p> <h2>How to start your search</h2> <p>It's a little more of an art than a science, but there are a few tricks you can try to yield more relevant search results.</p> <h3>Start with location</h3> <p>Once you land on a location, search for it on <a href="https://www.zillow.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow</a>. If you're looking in a remote area outside city limits, try searching in the county or ZIP code.</p> <p>You can also draw your own search boundaries on the map. If you're getting fewer results than you'd like, try drawing a circle that's bigger than the area you're looking in. That way, you'll see nearby listings too.</p> <h3>Narrow with filters</h3> <p>From here, it's all about filters. Set your filters to show for-sale homes within your price range.</p> <p>If your range is up to $300,000, try entering $350,000 to see homes where you might be able to negotiate the price. Consider Make Me Move listings, too, as these homeowners are motivated to sell, even though they haven't yet pulled the trigger.</p> <p>You can also set the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, but keep your options open when you're getting started.</p> <p>Under <strong>Home Type</strong>, consider checking <strong>Lots/Land</strong>. Some properties are categorized this way even though they have small structures on the property. And if you're considering building your own cabin, this will be an especially good option for you.</p> <h3>Explore keywords</h3> <p>If you're not seeing what you're after, or if you're getting pages upon pages of results, try playing around with <strong>Keywords</strong> under <strong>More</strong>. Try one keyword or phrase per search so you don't narrow your search results too much.</p> <p>Keep in mind that Zillow scans the entire listing for your keywords, so if you search "schools," you'll see tons of listings, because they all include nearby schools.</p> <p>Most often, the keywords are pulled from the listing descriptions that real estate agents wrote to upsell the house. Think like they would - if you were selling a cabin in your locale, what features would you highlight?</p> <p>Here are a few keywords to get you started: cabin, A-frame, getaway, cozy, woods, lakefront, river and rustic.</p> <p>Happy cabin hunting!</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-what-does-your-dream-cabin-look-like-229529/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Quiz: What Does Your Dream Cabin Look Like?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/whimsical-cabins-227534/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tour These Whimsical Cabins Made From Recycled Materials</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-steps-buying-vacation-home-177608/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Buy a Vacation Home in 5 Steps</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published October 25, 2017.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=WlxgSKDI84E:MxqzAoZ3suw:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=WlxgSKDI84E:MxqzAoZ3suw:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/cabin-buying-tips-222101/feed/ 6 https://www.zillow.com/blog/cabin-buying-tips-222101/ 2018-10-09 13:06 +00:00 2018-10-10 02:06 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229529 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/Cpa6tc1u4uw/ Unique Homes cabins Fall Quiz: What Does Your Dream Cabin Look Like? Tell us your favorite things, and we'll show you your perfect cabin. Mon, 08 Oct 2018 21:58:01 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-what-does-your-dream-cabin-look-like-229529/#comments Callie Little <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="167853" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" title="Personality Test - What's Your Cabin Style?" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/167853?"></p> <section> <h2>What's Your Cabin Style?</h2> <p>What's the ideal cabin anyway? Take this short quiz to find your perfect space for sipping, snoozing and slipping on your comfiest slippers.</p> </section> <section> <h2>Hobbit house</h2> <p>You're so down-to-earth that your ideal cabin is actually <em>in</em> the earth! Your whimsical, cozy taste is perfectly suited for creating a dreamy hillside hideaway. Others might call you a hermit, but you know that home is where the heart is, so why leave?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And hey, it's not messy - it's <em>lived-in, </em>and it's charming.</p> </section> <section> <h3>A-frame cabin</h3> <p>You're a true classic! The way you appreciate tradition infuses your life with a casual yet put-together sensibility. Comfort and function are equally important to you, which shows up in your home as much as it does your personal style. You're the kind of person who can blend in if you want to, but you also know that timeless style endures with a boldness all its own.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Don't be afraid to break the mold, but don't feel bad for sticking to the tried-and-true. It works for a reason!</p> </section> <section> <h3>Tiny cabin</h3> <p>Less is more! You're an analytical person who strives for order. After all, how can you enjoy peace of mind if you're surrounded by chaos? You know how to clear out what's no longer serving you and make way for what you truly need and desire. You're decisive, you know what you like, and you're not afraid to get your hands dirty.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There's nothing you can't accomplish with a little elbow grease and careful planning.</p> </section> <section> <h3>Mod cabin</h3> <p>Well, aren't you an interesting one. Where others paint white, you paint cyan, black and ecru. Understated? Maybe, but only in the boldest way. You're a unique personality with a taste for the road less traveled - especially if you're the one blazing the trail. It doesn't have to be expensive (although it often is), it just has to be unusual. Trends? Never. Timeless? Perhaps.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Totally you? Always.</p> </section> <section> <h2>What's your ideal sound system?</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Pick your perfect garden.</h3> </section> <section> <h3>What does your dream bed look like?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Choose a beverage to sip on Sunday morning.</h3> </section> <section> <h3>What's your go-to autumnal accessory?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Pick an accent wall.</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Who do you invite to your cabin-warming party?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>What kind of book do you curl up with on a chilly evening?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>The one kitchen item no cabin is complete without?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Finally, choose your ultimate way to unwind.</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/whimsical-cabins-227534/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tour These Whimsical Cabins Made From Recycled Materials</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-home-bar-type-217390/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Quiz: What Type of Bar Should You Build in Your Home?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/california-cabin-airstream-227077/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This California Cabin + Airstream Combo Is a Mid-Century Must-See</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Cpa6tc1u4uw:ARzdZPk_shU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Cpa6tc1u4uw:ARzdZPk_shU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-what-does-your-dream-cabin-look-like-229529/feed/ 51 https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-what-does-your-dream-cabin-look-like-229529/ 2018-10-08 21:58 +00:00 2018-10-09 10:58 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513709/comment-what-bad-tenant-tales-are-really-saying?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+What+%E2%80%9Cbad+tenant%E2%80%9D+tales+are+really+saying https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513709/comment-what-bad-tenant-tales-are-really-saying?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=COMMENT%3A+What+%E2%80%9Cbad+tenant%E2%80%9D+tales+are+really+saying COMMENT: What “bad tenant” tales are really saying <p>Tales about nightmare tenants have been rife in the media of late but such stories are not new &ndash; so does the sudden deluge indicate that landlords have reached breaking point, Miriam Bell asks.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +1300 2018-10-09 10:00 +13:00 2018-10-09 10:00 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229524 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/jcDBkJxKiwc/ Tips & Advice renter renter tips Renting How to Make the Most of 500 Square Feet: See How This City Renter Did It Affordable? Check. Spacious? Not so much - but this renter packs the personality into an antique rental in the heart of Seattle. Fri, 05 Oct 2018 22:13:02 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/renter-profile-capitol-hill-seattle-229524/#comments Callie Little <p>When Lola Simmons and boyfriend Garrett Moore began looking for an apartment in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, they were hoping to spend around $1,400 on monthly rent. So when the pair found their dream spot for just over $1,000 a month in Seattle's infamously difficult rental market, they knew they'd struck gold.</p> <p>"I walked in, and after about two minutes, I said, 'Yep, I'll take it,'" says Simmons.</p> <p>From there, the process was easy, and the couple experienced little surprise throughout their move-in - besides an out-of-commission antique freight elevator on <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/essential-moving-checklist-211636/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">move-in</a> day.</p> <p>We sat down with Simmons to discuss how she found the perfect rental and how she's made the cozy 500-square-foot space into a home over the past three years - including turning the walk-in closet into a bedroom.</p> <p><strong>How did you find this place?<br /> </strong>Garrett's good friends lived here, and they were moving out. They were looking for someone to take over their lease.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229554" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1246-4b6926.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></p> <p><strong>So after the lease was up, you renewed? Did the price change?<br /> </strong>Yeah. When we moved in, I think it was $1,050, and when we renewed the lease, it went up to $1,245. Now it's $1,270.</p> <p><strong>And what about utilities?<br /> </strong>They have a set rate included in the rent, which I thought was a unique way to do it. The only thing we pay for is electricity, which is about $40 every three months or so.</p> <p><strong>Other than it being a great deal, what else drew you to this place?<br /> </strong>I've always wanted to live in this building, ever since I moved to Capitol Hill. Everyone's lived in this building. It's kind of special.</p> <p>I think it's so cool that every apartment in this building is different. Each one has its own character. Even if you go into another one with the same layout, it's still totally different. Some flooring is different or the tile in the kitchen. It's really interesting.</p> <p>When the old building manager was here, he'd leave the doors unlocked for me so I could go into the empty apartments and look at the different layouts.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229567" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1274-576ea4.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></p> <p><strong>It can be easy for a rental to look basic, but you've totally personalized yours. How did you make your space unique?<br /> </strong>I'm drawn to that '70s palette that's really saturated and drab, and also those really bright '80s colors. I've acquired a lot of stuff. I think as much as I'd like to be a minimalist, I like to have stuff.</p> <p>We've got a lot of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/houseplants-for-low-light-spaces-222066/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">plants</a>, and I think tending to those is really fun. Learning about them, making it cozy for the cats - there's really nowhere in here they can't be.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229552" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1232-d98367.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="866" /></p> <p>Having a lot of music and books and colors everywhere was really something that I was working toward, and I just really love the junk stores, so I go and buy a bunch of stuff. It scratches the itch, you know?</p> <p>It's hard for me to understand why people would spend a ridiculous amount of money on stuff. I like to mismatch stuff and make it work. It's not as easy as buying straight from IKEA, but you're not going to find the same stuff in someone else's house. The thrill of the hunt is important to me.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229553" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1233-4765ab.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></p> <p>Garrett has a lot of worldly things like instruments and things from his travels, and it definitely goes with my stuff, but it makes it feel more cultured.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229550" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1221-aadb99.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="867" /></p> <p><strong>Other than sourcing interesting items, what's been your greatest challenge with your apartment?<br /> </strong>There have been a lot.</p> <p>The outlets. It's an old building - it was built in the early 1900s, and you have all these gadgets today. From our living room outlet, we run a cord into the closet, which is also the bedroom, so we can charge our phones at night.</p> <p>When we first moved in, the only outlet in the bathroom was the one attached to the light fixture. It was blown out when we first started living here, so I had to blow-dry my hair in the living room.</p> <p>When we moved in, I had a queen-size bed, and basically it was sandwiched in there with the edges coming up on the sides against the walls. We ended up getting a full-size bed, and it fits perfectly - exactly. I mean, if the bed was a quarter of an inch bigger it wouldn't fit.</p> <p>And then storage is a huge challenge - making it look like it's not just a bunch of stuff everywhere. We have a lot of under-the-bed storage. You have to get really creative.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229551" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1230-2e5744.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="867" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229549" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1324-992e40.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></p> <p><strong>So what do you want out of your next rental?<br /> </strong>I really want a bathroom that has a huge clawfoot tub with a lot of natural light. An actual-sized bedroom, to be able to walk on either side of the bed, maybe have a nightstand. And I just want a really big kitchen.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229548" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1316-b6d836.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></p> <p><strong>Despite what it lacks in space and outlets, how do you feel about your apartment?<br /> </strong>My childhood was all over the place, and we moved around a lot, and I never had that sense of "home." We're entertaining the idea of moving to California because of the seasons - it gets kind of hard when it gets cold and gray.</p> <p>I'll be really sad to leave this apartment. It's honestly the first place I've lived that I've really, really loved.</p> <h2>Lola's tips for small-space living on a budget</h2> <h3>1. Live with a complementary partner</h3> <p>I think if you're going to live in a small space, you have to really have a plan about responsibilities, because they pile up. And he pretty much lets me have my way when it comes to design, which is good.</p> <h3>2. Get creative with storage solutions</h3> <p>A lot of that isn't stuff that comes to me right away, but I experiment by moving stuff around and asking if it's functional - is it in my way? Does it serve the purpose I'm looking for?</p> <p>It sometimes takes a long time. It's a lot of measuring and returning things, and it's not always easy, but I think it's rewarding. I feel really accomplished when something fits perfectly.</p> <h3>3. Let your space evolve</h3> <p>I'm not very patient whatsoever, but something I've learned is that when you don't have a large budget or you shop the way I do at secondhand stores, you have to be patient. You don't know what they're going to have.</p> <p>You also have to cycle things out. Our free pile in this building is great - I've gotten so many cool things from that.</p> <h3>4. Look for unique ways of acquiring items</h3> <p>I got a table from the free pile, and the top was really worn down, so I was going to sand it and restain it. But once I sanded it, I realized it was particle board, so I returned all those supplies and got paint. I also added a shelf below it to put my blankets in.</p> <p>I think repurposing things and making sure they fit with all your other stuff is the trick. There's a bunch of other shelves in here I painted the same color with the rest of the paint. They were different colors, and it looked kind of weird, so I but painted them orange.</p> <p>You work with what you have. I think it's really fun, because I like <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tag/diy/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DIY projects</a>. Being able to think of what you want and then create it with a really small amount of money is really pleasing to me.</p> <h3>5. Measure the benefits against the costs</h3> <p>Our security deposit was only about $300, so if we did want to repaint at any point, I might consider taking that hit. You want your space to look the way you want, you know? It's a lot of work, though, to paint a whole room, so I'd have to really think about it.</p> <p><em>Photos by Callie Little.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/small-kitchen-space-saving-tips-228078/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Small Kitchen? Try These 9 Tips for Making the Most of Your Limited Space</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-myths-renting-201963/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">&#8216;You&#8217;re Throwing Money Away&#8217; and Other Myths About Renting</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-space-work-181983/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Design Tricks That Will Make Your Small Space Feel Big</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=jcDBkJxKiwc:AuGRmHfiyjc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=jcDBkJxKiwc:AuGRmHfiyjc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/renter-profile-capitol-hill-seattle-229524/feed/ 30 https://www.zillow.com/blog/renter-profile-capitol-hill-seattle-229524/ 2018-10-05 22:13 +00:00 2018-10-06 11:13 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229386 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/ZV6S1JL3lB4/ Unique Homes unique homes This Remarkable Home Is Anything but Square 1 1/2 bedrooms. 1 bathroom. And 0 straight lines. Fri, 05 Oct 2018 17:04:23 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/bloomhouse-unique-home-229386/#comments Melanie Moriarty <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Welcome to the Bloomhouse, a place where art and architecture collide. Nestled on 2 1/2 acres of land in the hills of Texas, this home is only about 10 minutes from downtown Austin - but feels a world (or a universe) away.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Bloomhouse's story began in the 1970s, when University of Texas architecture students Dalton Bloom and Charles Harker obtained a sprawling piece of land and set out to build a home that strayed from conventional design. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This sparked an 11-year artistic endeavor (complete with hippie communes and Mongolian yurts) that resulted in one remaining masterpiece: the Bloomhouse.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229401 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Resizsed-Bloomhouse-Backyard-bf181a.png" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So, how exactly did this unique blend of organic form and texture become a home? </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">First, builders used rebar to erect a cage on a concrete-slab foundation. Then they welded the cage's steel bars, added plastic sheets, and covered it in two-part polyurethane foam to create a giant shell. Finally, they blanketed it with a layer of concrete stucco, inside and out.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229400 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Resized-Bloomhouse-Staircase-504739.png" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It took 11 years to complete the Bloomhouse, and for good reason - every square inch required incredible attention to detail. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">You won't find a single straight line in the whole home. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">In fact, Harker actually used a pruning saw to handcarve the shape of the home into a free-flowing curve. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since he designed the Bloomhouse as a place for people to come together, Harker also sculpted plenty of seating areas to encourage conversation around every bend.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229402 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Resized-Bloomhouse-Walkway-a69d50.png" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Over the years, the Bloomhouse has experienced its share of both owners and time in the limelight. Recently, the </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/WeirdHomesTour/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Weird Homes Tour</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> featured the Bloomhouse's weird and wonderful design - Dave Neff, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/WeirdHomesTour/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">the company's</a> CEO, is a huge fan of the home's story. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"[I] love that … the right owner came along to bring a work of art back from the brink," Neff says.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">That "right owner" has a name, and it's Dave Claunch. About a year and a half ago, Claunch purchased the Bloomhouse. Because the home sits on a lucrative 2 1/2 acres of land, Claunch was worried that someone would buy the property, tear it down and build something new instead.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Preserving it as a piece of art was my primary motivation," Claunch says. "I was drawn to it as an artistic piece of living sculpture."</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229403 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Resized-Bloomhouse-Dining-ac1303.png" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Claunch has spent the past year and a half renovating the Bloomhouse. Since the space is so unusual, he's served as his own general contractor. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">From structural updates (like replacing the plumbing and moving the mechanical systems) to cosmetic updates (like installing LED lights and a wireless sound system throughout the home), it's been a lengthy process with an admirable long-term goal: to maintain the home for another 40-50 years. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's cool, it's unique," Claunch says. "There's nothing like it in the world."</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229398 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Resized-Bloomhouse-Bedroom-e70343.png" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Recently at a party, Claunch pulled up pictures of his newly renovated Bloomhouse. And in a twist of fate as unusual as the home's structure itself, another guest had some surprising news - she had once owned the Bloomhouse too. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Although its story spans decades, the Bloomhouse's mission has always remained the same: to unite people in a celebration of the unusual, to encourage a rare kinship with a physical space and to shed the conventions of everyday life, if only for a little while. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This home is currently available as a </span><a href="https://bloomhouse.live/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">short-term rental</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.  </span></p> <p><b>Related: </b></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/park-city-treehaus-228936/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Modern Design Goes Green in This Park City Mountain Escape </span></a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/island-eco-home-229150/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Living in Beauty Without Excess: A Small Coastal Home With Views to Spare</span></a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/from-scraps-to-sanctuary-a-700-a-frame-cabin-228670/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">From Scraps to Sanctuary: A $700 A-Frame Cabin</span></a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ZV6S1JL3lB4:7XogoknJ_fs:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=ZV6S1JL3lB4:7XogoknJ_fs:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/bloomhouse-unique-home-229386/feed/ 4 https://www.zillow.com/blog/bloomhouse-unique-home-229386/ 2018-10-05 17:04 +00:00 2018-10-06 06:04 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229496 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/AQzXEES0SvU/ Unique Homes A Farmhouse-Style Prefab That'll Make You Want to Ditch the Big City A deep farm sink, a light and bright interior, and clean lines earn this prefab the farmhouse-fan seal of approval. Tue, 02 Oct 2018 17:22:43 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/farmhouse-style-prefab-229496/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>Whether you're the world's biggest Joanna Gaines fan or you just love clean, simple lines and no-fuss color schemes, it's pretty clear that the popularity of the farmhouse look won't be on the decline anytime soon.</p> <p>The Lulamae prefab home by <a href="https://www.claytonhomes.com/homes/73AFH32663AH" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Clayton Homes</a> is a celebration of all things farmhouse style, all housed within a tidy 1,832 square feet.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229509" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/73AFH32663AH_Buccaneer_Lulamae-Exterior_02-29cbd0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>Inside, the home features all of the modern farmhouse hallmarks, including shiplap, a white and bright open concept living area, open shelving in the kitchen and distressed hardwood floors throughout.</p> <p>Pendant lights frame the spacious kitchen island that offers a sizable work space, and a wooden beam floats across the living room, giving the space a down-home, provincial feel.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229510" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/73AFH32663AH_Buccaneer_Lulamae-Kitchen_01-e78d31.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229514" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/73AFH32663AH_Buccaneer_Lulamae-Office_Nook-bb6130.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>Other notable farm-style features include a sliding barn door that separates the master bedroom from the living space, as well as a deep free-standing tub in the master bath that gives you a view into the pasture (or maybe just the backyard) from a pair of sliding glass doors.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229511" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/73AFH32663AH_Buccaneer_Lulamae-Master_Bathroom_05-febf7d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>A large walk-in shower is half-framed with glass and features a large tile pattern that&#8217;s reminiscent of shiplap - perfect for relaxing after all those long walks out on your acreage (or jaunts around the neighborhood).</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-229512" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/73AFH32663AH_Buccaneer_Lulamae-Master_Bathroom_09-a07abd.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Lulamae is customizable and starts at a base price of $116,000.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/park-city-treehaus-228936/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Modern Design Goes Green in This Park City Mountain Escape</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/childhood-dream-home-228442/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Childhood Dream Home Turned Dream Come True</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/install-shiplap-wall-228848/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Install a Shiplap Wall</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=AQzXEES0SvU:th3xgNblRpE:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=AQzXEES0SvU:th3xgNblRpE:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/farmhouse-style-prefab-229496/feed/ 27 https://www.zillow.com/blog/farmhouse-style-prefab-229496/ 2018-10-02 17:22 +00:00 2018-10-03 06:22 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=168122 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/SJzmPPk2ghY/ Home Improvement Bathrooms home organization Renting 5 Expert Tips for Organizing Your Rental's Bathroom Psst ... you don't have to be neat to be organized! No, really. Dorothy the Organizer will tell you why. Tue, 02 Oct 2018 13:39:07 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/bathroom-organization-tips-renters-168122/#comments Catherine Sherman <p>For many renters, it&#8217;s easier to live out of a suitcase than face organization headaches head-on. But according to organization expert Dorothy Breininger, the process starts with debunking the myth that being organized means being neat.</p> <p>&#8220;Your stuff can be a jumble,&#8221; Breininger says. &#8220;Being organized is about finding what you need when you need it.&#8221;</p> <p>The key, she says, is to think about how you use a room. Breininger believes that <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/organizing-secrets-pros-know-204721/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">home organization</a> is highly personal and should cater to your lifestyle.</p> <p>For example, if you don&#8217;t use cotton balls, why do you need them in a jar next to the sink? If you don&#8217;t use washcloths every day, why keep a huge stack on a shelf?</p> <p>Check out Breininger&#8217;s five bathroom organization tricks below:</p> <h2>1. Hang out</h2> <p>&#8220;When it&#8217;s a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/small-kitchen-space-saving-tips-228078/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">small apartment</a>, I love using over-the-door organizers with clear pockets,&#8221; Breininger says. &#8220;Traditionally they&#8217;re used for jewelry or shoes, but you can use them for all your little bathroom stuff, like hairbrushes and toothpaste.&#8221;</p> <h2>2. Get hooked</h2> <p>&#8220;I really like hooks for blow-dryers and curling irons,&#8221; Breininger says. &#8220;Even if you just put a nail in the wall, it&#8217;s an inexpensive space saver.&#8221;</p> <p>Get creative about where you put your hooks or nails too - place them inside cabinet doors to keep tangled cords out of sight.</p> <h2>3. Throw it in</h2> <p>&#8220;If you&#8217;re lucky enough to have <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/organizing-under-sink-196200/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">under-the-sink storage</a> or counter space, you can organize supplies in plastic drawers,&#8221; she says. &#8220;Figure out the different categories of products you use, and designate a drawer for each of them - nail supplies, dental hygiene, etc.&#8221;</p> <p>Breininger recommends not worrying about how stuff looks in the drawers.</p> <p>&#8220;You just need to get it into the right drawer,&#8221; she explains. &#8220;Being neat with everything is something different.&#8221;</p> <h2>4. Be lazy</h2> <p>Lazy Susans are ideal for organizing spices, but Breininger says this tool&#8217;s functionality doesn&#8217;t have to stop there.</p> <p>&#8220;Put your Lazy Susan under the bathroom sink,&#8221; she suggests. &#8220;Put everything from toilet bowl cleaner to hairspray on it. You can easily access everything because it spins.&#8221;</p> <h2>5. Look up</h2> <p>A bathroom wall - especially the space above the toilet - is prime real estate.</p> <p>&#8220;Over-the-toilet shelves are a good idea,&#8221; Breininger says. &#8220;Just ask yourself what you&#8217;re using them for - to store beauty supplies you never use, or to access stuff you use a lot?&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/declutter-for-intentional-home-210492/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Declutter Your Way to a More Organized, Intentional Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-10-home-organization-issues-206957/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Home Organization Woes (and How to Fix Them)</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-bathroom-look-bigger-220703/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published January 22, 2015.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=SJzmPPk2ghY:emrV44dL9II:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=SJzmPPk2ghY:emrV44dL9II:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/bathroom-organization-tips-renters-168122/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/bathroom-organization-tips-renters-168122/ 2018-10-02 13:39 +00:00 2018-10-03 02:39 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=185456 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/NQJV9KFS_7s/ Tips & Advice Fall home buying 5 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall The days may be getting shorter, but the list of home-shopping benefits is getting longer. Mon, 01 Oct 2018 13:55:00 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/fall-a-great-time-to-buy-185456/#comments Brendon DeSimone <p>Real estate markets ebb and flow, just like the seasons. The spring market blooms right along with the flowers, but the fall market often dwindles with the leaves - and this slower pace could be good for buyers.</p> <p>If you&#8217;re in the market for a home, here are five reasons why fall can be a great time to buy.</p> <h2>1. Old inventory may mean deals</h2> <p>Sellers tend to put their homes on the market in the spring, often listing their homes too high right out of the gate. This could result in price reductions throughout the spring and summer months.</p> <p>These sellers have fewer chances to capture buyers after Labor Day. By October, you are likely to find desperate sellers and prices below a home&#8217;s market value.</p> <h2>2. Fewer buyers are competing</h2> <p>Families who want to be in a new home by the beginning of the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/choose-right-school-6-tips-parents-224336/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">school season</a> are no longer shopping at this point. That translates into less competition and more opportunities for buyers.</p> <p>You&#8217;ll likely notice fewer buyers at open houses, which could signal a great opportunity to make an offer.</p> <h2>3. Sellers want to close by the end of the year</h2> <p>While a home is where an owner lives and makes memories, it is also an investment - one with tax consequences.</p> <p>A home seller may want to take advantage of a gain or loss during this tax year, so you might find homeowners looking to make deals so they can close before December 31.</p> <p>Ask why the seller is selling, and look for listings that offer incentives to close before the end of the year.</p> <h2>4. The holidays motivate sellers</h2> <p>As the holidays approach, sellers are eager to close so they can move on to planning their parties and events.</p> <p>If a home has not sold by November, the seller is likely motivated to be done with the disruptions caused by listing a home for sale.</p> <h2>5. Harsher weather shows more flaws</h2> <p>The dreary fall and winter months tend to reveal flaws, making them a great time to see a home&#8217;s true colors.</p> <p>It&#8217;s better to see the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/fix-your-homes-fatal-flaw-1000-229186/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">home's flaws</a> before making the offer, instead of being surprised months after you close. In fact, the best time to do a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/6-problems-home-inspector-may-miss-159039/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">property inspection</a> is in the rain and snow, because any major issues are more likely to be exposed.</p> <p><em>Top photo from Shutterstock.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/compete-with-cash-buyer-138674/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Make a Competitive Offer Against All-Cash Home Buyers</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/mortgage-misconceptions-190742/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Mortgage Misconceptions Set Straight</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/12-steps-prepare-home-for-fall-204676/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">12 Tasks to Tackle Before Fall Arrives</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published October 19, 2015.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=NQJV9KFS_7s:ji6NyfTQUes:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=NQJV9KFS_7s:ji6NyfTQUes:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/fall-a-great-time-to-buy-185456/feed/ 23 https://www.zillow.com/blog/fall-a-great-time-to-buy-185456/ 2018-10-01 13:55 +00:00 2018-10-02 02:55 +13:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229451 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/z8deCK6g3zI/ Unique Homes unique homes waterfront homes Whale Watch From Any of This Home's 3 Rooftop Decks What's better than a rooftop deck? Three of them. Each with its own sweeping view. Fri, 28 Sep 2018 17:24:17 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/whale-watch-from-rooftop-decks-229451/#comments Melanie Moriarty <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Olympic Mountains. The Strait of Georgia. The shoreline of Victoria, Canada. And maybe a pod of orcas, if you're lucky. You can see all of that (and much more) from one of this home's three rooftop decks. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Located on the rocky shores of San Juan Island, Washington, this coastal retreat has a unique connection to the land it occupies - the home is built directly into the hillside, so it gracefully descends the ground's natural slope.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229477 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Friday-Harbor-2_resized-38afd2.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A team of architects from Seattle-based firm </span><a href="http://pbwarchitects.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prentiss Balance Wickline</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> worked on the design. Dan Wickline, one of the architects on the project, drew inspiration from the island's stark natural beauty.  </span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229476 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Friday-Harbor-5_resized-200f83.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Rooted into a linear ravine on the site, the spaces of the house are composed in a series of stacked volumes climbing the terrain and aimed toward specific views," Wickline says.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229475 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Friday-Harbor-7-Art-studio-Not-on-social_resized-3ce99a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">These specific views can be admired from one of the grassy rooftop decks, from the floor-to-ceiling windows that line the water-facing walls or from one of the rectangular window clusters. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The strategically placed clusters create the sensation of total immersion in the rugged landscape - no matter which way you turn, a view awaits.   </span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229478 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Friday-Harbor-3_resize-346d40.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Inside, the design features a muted color palette inspired by the lush greens, earthy browns and serene grays of the Pacific Northwest. These subtle and somewhat restrained hues allow the home's simple, elevated aesthetic to really shine.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229474 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Friday-Harbor-6-Kitchen-Not-on-social_resized-862281.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">From every angle, the home resembles a work of art - fitting, considering it was actually designed for a painter. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The top-floor art studio overlooks the water, as does its clean, light-filled library. And if those views aren't enough to inspire creativity, there's always a rooftop deck or two nearby.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229479 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Friday-Harbor-4_resized-0448e0.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The grass roofs establish a new landscape, which at the same time nest and blend the house into the existing terrain," Wickline says.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-229481 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Friday-Harbor-1_resized-1db1be.png" alt="" width="800" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This delicate tug of war is a testament to the home's thoughtful design and a conflicting (yet romantic) notion: that a place perched so high above the horizon can still feel so deeply rooted in the earth.  </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Photos by </span><a href="http://eirikjohnson.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Eirik Johnson</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></em></p> <p><b>Related:</b></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/island-eco-home-229150/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Living in Beauty Without Excess: A Small Coastal Home With Views to Spare</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/park-city-treehaus-228936/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Modern Design Goes Green in This Park City Mountain Escape </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/from-scraps-to-sanctuary-a-700-a-frame-cabin-228670/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">From Scraps to Sanctuary: A $700 A-Frame Cabin</a></li> </ul> <h5></h5> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=z8deCK6g3zI:XlZ6ZWe-iCo:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=z8deCK6g3zI:XlZ6ZWe-iCo:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/whale-watch-from-rooftop-decks-229451/feed/ 7 https://www.zillow.com/blog/whale-watch-from-rooftop-decks-229451/ 2018-09-28 17:24 +00:00 2018-09-29 05:24 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229445 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/BGpICvuoflk/ Home Improvement Cleaning home maintenance The Truth About Toxic Mold (and How to Get Rid of It) Don't let the mold panic set in just yet - it might not be as bad as you think. Thu, 27 Sep 2018 20:19:14 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/the-truth-about-toxic-mold-229445/#comments Steve Asbell <p>Mold is everywhere. It grows on the sides of houses, it blackens surfaces like brick and concrete, and it thrives in the soil of your yard and garden.</p> <p>Indoors, mold lives in sink drains, shower grout, houseplant potting mix, kitchen sponges and anywhere else that moisture has a chance to settle. Are you hyperventilating yet?</p> <p>A little bit of mold is nothing to worry about, as long as you can identify the cause and promptly clean it up with a solution of bleach and water.</p> <p>But before we go any further, let's get this out of the way: Any mold, regardless of color, can make you feel sick, especially if you suffer from allergies or asthma. To be on the safe side, always wear a mask and rubber gloves when dealing with mold, and make sure that the space is well-ventilated.</p> <h2>Let&#8217;s get the facts straight</h2> <p>Also known as black mold, the infamous Stachybotrys chartarum is not toxic, but toxigenic, because it is capable of producing mycotoxins. Technicalities aside, this uncommon mold species is especially feared for its supposedly dangerous effects.</p> <p>You may have read an article about how toxic mold is "secretly making your family sick" or watched local news reporters announce that black mold was found in a restaurant inspection, making it feel as if the plague arrived overnight and could be headed to your place next.</p> <p>Some alternative health websites even call it "toxic mold syndrome" and warn of terrifying symptoms like memory loss or idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage.</p> <p>Officials at the <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/mold/stachy.htm#Q15" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)</a>, however, say that "These case reports are rare, and a causal link between the presence of the toxigenic mold and these conditions has not been proven. … All molds should be treated the same with respect to potential health risks and removal."</p> <p>Stachybotrys chartarum is unusual among household molds, because it requires constant moisture to survive. So if your house is oozing moisture from a roof leak, broken pipe or outright poltergeist, black mold is the least of your worries. Time to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-improvement-hire-out-214858/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">call a professional</a> and put an end to the drip before termites or wood rot threaten to put an end to your home's structure.</p> <p>Mold is often a symptom of a bigger problem, be it as minor as a dripping faucet or as major as, well, a missing roof.</p> <p>If you suspect that the slowly spreading black stain on your wall is the infamous black mold, don't bother wasting your time identifying the stuff. Scam artists abound, and the <a href="https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-testing-or-sampling" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Environmental Protection Agency</a> even says that "In most cases, if visible mold is present, sampling is unnecessary."</p> <p>There are no established standards for judging what is an acceptable amount of mold, and even the non-toxigenic types can cause allergic reactions and make your life miserable. Remove it.</p> <h2>How to prevent and remove mold</h2> <p>Mold needs three things to survive: Moisture, a growing surface and food (dirty stuff).</p> <p>The easiest way to prevent mold is to make sure that it never gets any moisture to begin with. Keep your house clean, dry and well-ventilated, especially in the bathroom wherever water collects, such as on <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-clean-tile-grout-228832/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">tile grout</a> or shower curtains. If your bathroom has gnats or a damp odor, look no further than your clogged sink drains - and be sure to wear some rubber gloves.</p> <p>To clean and remove mold on hard surfaces, the CDC recommends using a solution of no more than one cup of bleach to one gallon of water.</p> <p>To remove mold on exterior surfaces, use <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-powerwash-your-sidewalk-228842/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a pressure washer</a>, and make sure that everything is properly sealed.</p> <p>If mold is found on soft and porous surfaces, such as drywall, carpeting or furniture, it's best to dispose of the affected material before the mold spreads further or exacerbates your allergies.</p> <p>Flood-damaged homes with heavy mold infestations should be handled by professionals whenever possible. The <a href="https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2010/09/22/mold-can-be-danger-after-flooding" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Federal Emergency Management Agency</a> warns that "Infants, children, immune-compromised patients, pregnant women, individuals with existing respiratory conditions (allergies, multiple chemical sensitivity and asthma) and the elderly appear to be at higher risks for adverse health effects from mold."</p> <p>In addition, flood-damaged houses are often contaminated with chemicals and human waste, which are far more dangerous than the mold itself.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/your-home-killing-you-215421/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Is Your Home Trying to Kill You?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/fix-ceiling-water-stains-228823/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Fix Ceiling Water Stains</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/pests-bugs-out-house-202394/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">What Kind of Bugs Are in Your House?</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=BGpICvuoflk:QKMjtEZdbTA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=BGpICvuoflk:QKMjtEZdbTA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/the-truth-about-toxic-mold-229445/feed/ 3 https://www.zillow.com/blog/the-truth-about-toxic-mold-229445/ 2018-09-27 20:19 +00:00 2018-09-28 08:19 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=201985 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/EQsY_USwehc/ Home Improvement gardening 10 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Slugs and Snails If your garden is more super slime highway than bountiful harvest, this guide is for you. Wed, 26 Sep 2018 13:00:29 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-rid-slugs-and-snails-201985/#comments Steve Asbell <p>Despite their destructive habits and overall &#8220;ick&#8221; factor, snails and slugs are anything but formidable. In fact, there are so many creative ways to repel or kill them that you might have a hard time choosing just one.</p> <p>Commercial snail and slug killers work, but they're dangerous and can harm the &#8220;good&#8221; creatures in your garden. Save money with one of these easy home remedies instead.</p> <h2>1. Give them a bath</h2> <p>Every time you go out in the garden, bring a little bucket with a few drops of dish soap mixed in. Pick off any soft-bodied pests you see, throw them into the bath and dump out their remains the next day.</p> <p>The small amount of dish soap prevents snails, slugs and even caterpillars from escaping.</p> <h2>2. Get them drunk</h2> <p>If you're going to kill the slimy little guys, you might as well let them die drunk and happy.</p> <p>Set out saucers of stale beer, making sure that the pests can find their way over the ledge and into the dive bar. They'll be naturally drawn to the yeasty smell of the beer, then fall in and drown. Don't use this method if <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/keeping-pets-safe-around-plants-178902/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">pets</a> or young children are present.</p> <h2>3. Put out a tiny barbed wire fence</h2> <p>Sprinkle diatomaceous earth around vulnerable plants and walk away. It's like putting out a bed of microscopic razor blades and shards of glass, so snails and slugs will do their best to steer clear of the stuff.</p> <p>Use this trick sparingly, though, since it can slice away at &#8220;good&#8221; bugs and critters too.</p> <h2>4. Just add salt</h2> <p>It might not be the kindest or cleanest method, but salt really does kill slugs and snails by drying out the mucus coating their permeable bodies.</p> <p>Sprinkle a very small amount, since it doesn't take much to harm nearby plants. But if a slug is close enough to kill with salt, you'd be better off picking the thing off by hand.</p> <h2>5. Put out a banana trap</h2> <p>Choose this method if you'd rather not touch the snails and slugs at all.</p> <p>Leave a banana skin, grapefruit peel or melon rind out near affected plants at night, and dispose of the peel - critters and all - in the morning. Use a shovel to avoid getting slimed!</p> <h2>6. Tangle them up</h2> <p>If your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/winning-the-war-on-pet-hair-193501/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">furry friend is shedding a lot</a>, put that hair to good use and spread it around the base of affected plants. The fur will stick to slugs&#8217; and snails&#8217; mucus coating and keep them from getting much farther.</p> <h2>7. Don't bring home hitchhikers</h2> <p>Slugs often enter the garden by hiding out on nursery plants. When purchasing, thoroughly inspect each plant, also checking the debris or dead leaves on the soil surface. Remove any snails, slugs and other stowaways.</p> <h2>8. Clean up dead leaves</h2> <p>Dead leaves in the garden are usually a good thing, because they provide a natural habitat for lots of little critters that benefit your soil and plants.</p> <p>But if you have a slug infestation, dead leaves have to go. Whether you throw them on the compost pile or bag them up just to play it safe, a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cure-cluttered-garden-228817/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">tidy garden</a> will at least help you get a handle on the snails and slugs.</p> <h2>9. Attract natural predators</h2> <p>Just as there are lots of ways to kill slugs and snails, there are lots of animals who will happily take them off your hands.</p> <p>Attract snail-eating frogs, toads, lizards and even snakes (most are harmless) by providing hiding places, like stones or logs in or near your garden. You might even choose to keep those dead leaves, if you're going this route.</p> <p>Include native plants, bird feeders and birdhouses to attract snail- and slug-eating <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/attracting-birds-to-your-yard-216547/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">birds</a>. It takes a while to build up a diverse garden, but you'll have fewer pest problems in the long run.</p> <h2>10. Grow something else</h2> <p>It isn't what you want to hear, but if your garden is brimming with slugs and it seems like nothing can eliminate the slimy plague, consider growing plants they won't eat.</p> <p>Besides, a garden with big pest problems is a garden that is out of balance. Diversify!</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/rid-yard-aggressive-weeds-229176/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Rid Your Yard of the Most Aggressive Weeds</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/pests-bugs-out-house-202394/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">What Kind of Bugs Are in Your House?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/grow-a-container-garden-175537/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Grow a Spectacular Container Garden</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published July 28, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=EQsY_USwehc:DZd8QA4_qLQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=EQsY_USwehc:DZd8QA4_qLQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-rid-slugs-and-snails-201985/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-rid-slugs-and-snails-201985/ 2018-09-26 13:00 +00:00 2018-09-27 01:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/?p=3022 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/IALO6f2pwJU/ Home Improvement DIY home maintenance How to Fix Ceiling Water Stains Don't let those water stains hang over your head - a DIY fix is just a weekend away! Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:50:17 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/fix-ceiling-water-stains-228823/#comments John Gerard <p>A water stain on a ceiling is a foreboding sight. Not only is it ugly, but it also often means that something is actively leaking, and more damage may be hidden.</p> <p>But don't panic - fixing a water stain is pretty straightforward. If you follow this simple guide, you'll be ready to deal with any discoloration you find on your ceilings.</p> <h2>Find the source</h2> <p>First, check to see if there is any water on the floor below the stain. This will help determine if the leak is still in progress and how heavily it's leaking.</p> <p>If water is on the floor, you'll need to lay down towels or buckets to collect any remaining dripping water. Excessive water on your floor can stain carpets and buckle wood floors, so it's best to dry it as soon as possible.</p> <p>You might be tempted to repair floor damage at this time as well, but it's probably best to wait until after you've finished all of the work on the ceiling, including the painting. You wouldn't want to spill paint on a brand-new rug or on your new hardwood floors.</p> <figure id="attachment_3063" style="width: 801px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-3063" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/10/shutterstock_331146338-858293-1024x683.jpg" alt="A water-stained ceiling with two light fixtures set in it." width="801" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from Shutterstock.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Stop the leak</h2> <p>Water leaks can be caused by worn gaskets or failed fittings. If your pipes appear dry but you suspect the leak still exists, try running water into the device above the stain. For example, fill up and drain your tub. That should be enough to expose the problem if it still exists.</p> <p>If you have a leak, you can either hire a plumber or attempt to repair it yourself. Most plumbing repairs are fairly simple and can be performed by most willing homeowners. Some older water stains may have been from a plumbing leak that was repaired years ago, but the stain itself was never properly addressed.</p> <figure id="attachment_3064" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-3064" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/10/shutterstock_253880359-c4d2d2-1024x682.jpg" alt="Flaking paint around a ceiling light fixture" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from Shutterstock.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Fix the stain</h2> <p>Check to see if the ceiling is wet or just stained. Most water stains will be on the ceiling below a bathroom fixture.</p> <h3>If the ceiling is wet &#8230;</h3> <ol> <li>Poke a hole in the center of the water stain with a drill bit. Have a bucket on hand to catch additional water that's trapped behind the ceiling.</li> <li>Check for mold (see rookie tip below).</li> <li>Fix the plumbing issue or hire a professional. <strong> </strong></li> <li>Make sure the drywall and the joists in the ceiling are dry before patching the ceiling. Patching a drywall hole in a ceiling is a very challenging project for a beginner. If you don't feel confident in your joint compound skills, then it might be best to hire out this part of the repair.</li> <li>After the drywall patch is complete, apply two coats of primer and two coats of flat paint.</li> <li>Feather your painting to make sure it appropriately blends with the rest of your ceiling.</li> </ol> <p><strong>Rookie tip: </strong>Look for active mold growth in your ceiling space on the joists and on the back of the removed drywall paper. Mold grows readily in dark and damp places - and a wet ceiling space is an ideal environment. If you come across mold that you are unsure of, stop work immediately and call a professional.</p> <h3>If the ceiling is dry &#8230;</h3> <ol> <li>If it's not obvious where the stain is coming from, you can cut a hole in your ceiling with a drywall knife to expose the area above the stain. Look for wet or dripping pipes in that ceiling space. Slow, steady leaks from tubs or showers can sometimes occur intermittently.</li> <li>If you are sure you are working with an old stain and not an active problem, you do not need to cut into the ceiling. However, if you are concerned about mold, you may want to check.</li> <li>If you didn't replace any drywall, then use a blocking primer and your chosen paint color to hide the stain.</li> <li>After the drywall patch is complete, apply two coats of primer and two coats of flat paint.</li> </ol> <p><strong>Rookie tip:</strong> Oil-based primers will hide stains better than water-based primers, but they are much more difficult to work with and clean. Water-based primers don't hide stains as well and might require an extra coat, but brushes and rollers can typically be cleaned with soap and water.</p> <p>Water leaks are a real pain, but with a little drywall, primer and paint, you&#8217;ll be well on your way to a spotless ceiling.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-replace-a-ceiling-fan-227357/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Replace a Ceiling Fan</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/before-gutting-a-home-224778/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">4 Things to Do Before Gutting a Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/new-look-kitchen-223288/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">7 Perfect Kitchen Upgrades for a New Look Without Remodeling</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published October 5, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=IALO6f2pwJU:lnzsPUmqXn8:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=IALO6f2pwJU:lnzsPUmqXn8:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/fix-ceiling-water-stains-228823/feed/ 8 https://www.zillow.com/blog/fix-ceiling-water-stains-228823/ 2018-09-25 13:50 +00:00 2018-09-26 01:50 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=202394 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/LwMdX262NCw/ Home Improvement home maintenance What Kind of Bugs Are in Your House? This guide to common household creepers will help you send pests packing - for good. Tue, 25 Sep 2018 09:20:12 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/pests-bugs-out-house-202394/#comments Lidia Ryan <p>Pests are everywhere, and having a few in your home is pretty much inevitable. But knowledge is power when it comes to critters, says Dr. Nancy Troyano, director of technical education and training at <a href="http://www.rentokil-steritech.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Rentokil Pest Control</a>.</p> <p>When you know how to recognize and prevent an infestation, you can keep unwanted visitors at bay. The first step is learning which pests might become an issue for you.</p> <p>Here are the top pests to watch out for, according to Troyano.</p> <h2>Wood-destroying bugs</h2> <p>Termites and carpenter ants eat away at the foundation, and you have to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-improvement-hire-out-214858/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">call a professional</a> to remove them. They&#8217;re usually hard to see, but you can still find evidence that they&#8217;re around.</p> <p>In the Northeast, subterranean termites build mud tubes that you can usually spot. Look for brown staining around the house, both inside and out, paying special attention to baseboards in the basement.</p> <p>Other hints are blistering paint, loose siding, and piles of droppings or what looks like sawdust.</p> <p>Homeowners in the Southwest and California should look out for drywood termites. They create colonies in the wood instead of the ground, and they need very little moisture. Watch for piles of droppings or swarms of termites flying out of the wood.</p> <h2>Cockroaches</h2> <p>Cockroaches are a big problem in crowded cities and apartment buildings. While they don't actually cause damage to a home, they're Troyano's pick for the second-worst pest type because they require professional extermination - and they're just gross.</p> <p>Cockroaches are attracted to food and garbage, and they&#8217;re usually brought in from the outside. Secondhand or rented furniture is a big culprit of cockroach infestations.</p> <p>The one &#8220;upside&#8221; to roaches is that they're big, so you will definitely know when you have a problem.</p> <h2>Nuisance pests</h2> <p>Most unwanted critters are pretty harmless - just annoying.</p> <p>After the Zika outbreaks, mosquitoes are generating more concern than in the past. Standing water creates a breeding ground for these pests, so try to minimize the water that collects around your home.</p> <p>Bed bugs are a big issue in cities, where it's easy for them to be brought in by furniture, clothes or people - and they&#8217;re notoriously hard to get rid of. <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/keeping-pets-safe-around-plants-178902/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Homeowners with pets</a> should also be wary of ticks and fleas.</p> <h2>Rodents</h2> <p>Bugs aren't the only unwelcome guests you may encounter - rodents are out there too.</p> <p>Bird feeders are a "mouse buffet," says Troyano, so keep an eye on those. Mice are also drawn inside to escape the cold, so homeowners in colder climates should make sure their homes are tightly sealed.</p> <p>Then there are our flying friends: bats. Bats are usually found in homes with attics or chimneys, because they like to hang out in dark, cavernous areas.</p> <p>You can easily lure out one or two bats, but if you have a big problem, you&#8217;ll want to call a professional. A word of warning about these winged creatures: They can carry rabies, so be careful with any DIY measures you undertake.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-229438" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/GettyImages-72984031-ddac7c.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="601" /></p> <h2>What to look for where you live</h2> <p>The types of pests you encounter largely depend on where you live.</p> <ul> <li>Tropical, humid places like Florida are breeding grounds for water-loving pests like mosquitoes.</li> <li>In wooded areas, you will find spiders, ants and beetles.</li> <li>In the desert, you have to worry about snakes and scorpions.</li> </ul> <p>The type of home will also determine the kinds of pests you get. Log cabins are the most pest-prone homes, attracting beetles, termites and bees, reports Troyano. And houses with vinyl siding or brick tend to be safer bets.</p> <p>Older homes are also a concern, because they are full of cracks and crevices where pests can enter or take up residence. Spiders and silverfish love these nooks.</p> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/the-home-buyers-guide-to-new-construction-194376/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New construction homes</a> come with their own issues. When wooden beams are exposed to the elements during construction, they gather moisture, which attracts fungus beetles. These tiny beetles are very common and will go away on their own once the material dries - but that could take up to a year. The fungus beetle has been nicknamed the "new-house pest," says Troyano.</p> <h2>How to prevent pests</h2> <p>The good news is that most pests are easily lured out of the home.</p> <p>Troyano trains people on the biology and behavior of pests. So rather than putting down a pesticide, she says that you can &#8220;outsmart&#8221; the bugs. "If I have an ant problem, and I know what they like to eat, I will take away their food source," she explains.</p> <p>Don&#8217;t forget to think about how the critters are getting inside. Plants and trees can act as a super highway for pests. "I've watched ants walk along tree limbs into a home," Troyano says.</p> <p>Here are Troyano&#8217;s top tips for keeping your home free of unwelcome intruders:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Don't let them inside.</strong> <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-weatherproofing-ideas-212026/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Keep your house sealed up</a> nice and tight. Use window screens, seal window and door frames, and plug up other exterior entry points.</li> <li><strong>Keep your home&#8217;s exterior tidy.</strong> Mow grass regularly, trim shrubbery and trees to prevent branches from touching your home, and keep mulched beds away from the house.</li> <li><strong>Watch for water pools and drainage issues. </strong>You don&#8217;t want water pooling up by your home&#8217;s foundation. Make sure your gutters direct water away from the house. Similarly, you don't want hills sloping toward your house. You'll also want to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in your yard by keeping an eye on stagnant pools of water, like birdbaths.</li> <li><strong>Inspect your house inside and out. </strong>Regularly check for signs of pests.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/12-steps-prepare-home-for-fall-204676/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">12 Tasks to Tackle Before Fall Arrives</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/your-home-killing-you-215421/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Is Your Home Trying to Kill You?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/diy-fix-3-common-problems-210489/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DIY: Fixing 3 Common Household Problems</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published August 11, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=LwMdX262NCw:fYShTlsSfvs:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=LwMdX262NCw:fYShTlsSfvs:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/pests-bugs-out-house-202394/feed/ 14 https://www.zillow.com/blog/pests-bugs-out-house-202394/ 2018-09-25 09:20 +00:00 2018-09-25 21:20 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/?p=3183 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/6U6dfd5GJlc/ Home Improvement Cleaning DIY home maintenance How to Remove Stains From an Area Rug There are few things more unsightly than rug stains. Clean them up quickly with this easy guide. Tue, 25 Sep 2018 01:59:39 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/remove-stains-area-rug-228856/#comments John Gerard <p>If you own an area rug, just accept that it won't remain pristine forever. Eventually someone will spill on it or a pet will relieve itself on it - and you'll need to clean it.</p> <p>Instead of running out and hiring a professional carpet cleaner right away, you can try to handle that stain yourself using this short guide.</p> <p><em><strong>Warning!</strong> Rugs come in various types of materials, and you should follow the manufacturer's recommended instructions for how to clean your specific product. The methods described in this guide, while mild, could potentially damage your rug if soap or water are not permitted on it. Check your rug's care tag before proceeding. When in doubt, contact your rug manufacturer or ask a professional carpet cleaner about how to clean your rug.</em></p> <figure style="width: 809px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1436-Cabrillo-Ave-Burlingame-CA-94010/15512866_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://iss.zillowstatic.com/image/traditional-dining-room-with-wainscoting-i_g-IS9l2tvrcrw1yw1000000000-vlJ75.jpg" alt="Craftsman style dining room with area rug." width="809" height="539" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1436-Cabrillo-Ave-Burlingame-CA-94010/15512866_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Wet stains</h2> <p>The best time to clean wet stains is when they&#8217;re still moist in the carpet. If you let it dry, the stain can be much harder to get out. Follow the step-by-step directions below to remove a wet stain.</p> <ol> <li>Lift up the edge of the rug and place a folded bath towel or paper towels under the location of the stain. Fold the rug back into place over the towel.</li> <li>Take a second folded towel and place it over the top of the stain.</li> <li>Press down on the top towel, and the liquid stain will be pulled into the towels. <strong><em>Rookie tip: </em></strong>Do not perform this procedure with your best towels, as they will absorb some of the liquid that stained your carpet.</li> <li>Once most of the fluid is absorbed out of the rug and into the towels, fill a small sports bottle (or any bottle with a squirt top) with warm water and a small amount of laundry detergent.</li> <li>Hold the tip of the bottle over the stain and squirt the detergent and water mixture through the rug so that the bottom towel collects the fluid. This will help wash out or push through any discoloration. If necessary, use a stiff, plastic bristle brush to agitate the rug.</li> <li>If the rug appears sudsy from the detergent mixture, you can replace the detergent in your squirt bottle with warm water and repeat the process to remove the soap.</li> <li>If the stain appears to be removed, replace the wet towels with dry towels and allow the moisture to absorb into the towels overnight.</li> </ol> <p>Persistent stains may need to be removed professionally if this process didn't work for you.</p> <figure style="width: 803px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9120-185th-Pl-SW-Edmonds-WA-98026/38556033_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://photos.zillowstatic.com/i_g/ISledeic8x6j6c1000000000.jpg" alt="Modern home with large beige area rug." width="803" height="535" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9120-185th-Pl-SW-Edmonds-WA-98026/38556033_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Solids</h2> <p>If your rug gets a stain from a goopy, runny or solid product, like baby food or pudding, you'll need to remove those solids before you try to remove the stain. For example, don&#8217;t take a cleaning brush to a mound of pudding on your carpet, since you'll end up driving that food further into it.</p> <ol> <li>Ideally, you should use a heavy-duty shop vacuum to pull up the spill. If you don't have one, use a wet paper towel or baby wipe to gently remove it.</li> <li>Be sure that as you vacuum, scoop or wipe up the solid, you are using an upward motion to avoid driving in any of the stain. <strong><em>Rookie tip: </em></strong>Don't use a regular home vacuum for this step, since the stain material can get caught up in the rotating vacuum brush and ruin your vacuum.</li> <li>Once most of the solids have been lifted off the surface of the carpet, you can follow the procedure for removing wet stains as described in the paragraph above.</li> </ol> <figure style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3213-Piney-Grove-Rd-Charlotte-NC-28212/6252795_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://photos.zillowstatic.com/i_g/IS5m05f7wyn7de1000000000.jpg" alt="Transitional living room with Greek key patterned area rug. " width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3213-Piney-Grove-Rd-Charlotte-NC-28212/6252795_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>Pet stains</h2> <p>Dog and cat stains can be very tricky to remove. You can easily address the visual evidence, but the smell can linger for quite some time. Even worse, some dogs and cats will re-mark their stains or the stains of other animals if they find those smelly spots.</p> <p>To clean pet stains, like cat or dog urine, you'll follow the same procedure for removing wet stains. However, you'll need to take an additional step to remove the odor.</p> <p>After cleaning your rug, apply a product specifically designed to treat pet odors. After one or two quick applications, you&#8217;ll eliminate the pet smell for good.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-4795 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/10/pet-stains-area-rug-GettyImages-612897642-a87bb1.jpg" alt="Dog lying on a rug." width="800" height="600" /></p> <h2>Dry stains</h2> <p>Stains that have dried into the carpet can be considerably more difficult to remove. Whatever caused the stain might have bonded to the carpet fibers or chemically discolored the rug. Before calling a professional or getting rid of the rug entirely, try following these steps.</p> <ol> <li>Try soaking the stain using a warm water and detergent mixture, as described above.</li> <li>Once the stain has been soaked through with the detergent, gently agitate the area with a stiff, plastic bristle brush.</li> <li>If this technique is working, then rinse your rug through again with the detergent mixture, and repeat the process until the stain is gone.</li> </ol> <p>If the stain won't fully lift out, you may need to hire a professional carpet cleaner.</p> <figure style="width: 805px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1980-N-1650-E-North-Logan-UT-84341/2107728945_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://iss.zillowstatic.com/image/craftsman-kitchen-with-white-granite-and-ceiling-beams-i_g-IStkjh82npimnp1000000000-Bhb8l.jpg" alt="Modern Craftsman style kitchen with area rug." width="805" height="604" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1980-N-1650-E-North-Logan-UT-84341/2107728945_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tips-spring-cleaning-193638/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Spring Cleaning 101: Make It Fast, Easy and Effective</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/guide-to-house-cleaning-222514/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The 9-to-5er&#8217;s Guide to Keeping Your House Clean</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/winning-the-war-on-pet-hair-193501/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Win the War on Pet Hair</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published November 16, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=6U6dfd5GJlc:uShpwo42TFA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=6U6dfd5GJlc:uShpwo42TFA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/remove-stains-area-rug-228856/feed/ 6 https://www.zillow.com/blog/remove-stains-area-rug-228856/ 2018-09-25 01:59 +00:00 2018-09-25 13:59 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513694/addressing-tenancy-law-reform?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Addressing+tenancy+law+reform https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513694/addressing-tenancy-law-reform?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Addressing+tenancy+law+reform Addressing tenancy law reform Tenancy law reform is a hot topic at the moment. Here’s some thoughts on the Government’s proposed changes from Kishan Lal of Clarke Group Property Management… Tue, 25 Sep 2018 08:00:00 +1300 2018-09-25 08:00 +13:00 2018-09-25 07:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229409 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/v0SWXQNOcPI/ Tips & Advice landlords legal issues Renting Tenant Troubles: Who Is Responsible for Problems in Your Rental? Who foots the bill when the maintenance issues roll in? It depends, so get to know your tenant rights. Fri, 21 Sep 2018 20:56:18 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/who-is-responsible-for-problems-in-your-rental-229409/#comments Jennifer Lyons <p>One of renting's major benefits is that you don&#8217;t have to worry about upkeep, maintenance and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/homeowners-pay-renters-dont-181888/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">expensive repairs</a>. So when things go bad - your dishwasher stops working, the roof is leaking or the bugs just won&#8217;t go away - your first call is usually your landlord.</p> <p>But how do you know what&#8217;s really their responsibility and what falls to you? And what do you do if they refuse to handle the repairs?</p> <p>Read on for the most common rental issues and how to get them fixed quickly.</p> <h2>Water damage &amp; mold</h2> <p>Easily one of the nastiest discoveries you can find in your home, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/black-mold-removal-228810/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">mold is a common problem</a> - especially in humid or rainy climates. And while most mold doesn&#8217;t cause health problems, some types can cause respiratory issues, headaches and allergy symptoms.</p> <p>Since there&#8217;s no easy way for the average tenant to know if the mold in their home is dangerous or not, it&#8217;s always best to ask your landlord to get rid of it.</p> <p>While there&#8217;s no federal law that dictates mold exposure limits in rental housing, some states and cities have put guidelines in place. But, even if your state doesn&#8217;t have specific mold regulations, your landlord is still responsible for providing safe, livable housing.</p> <p>In addition to requesting that your landlord remove the mold, make sure they find the source of the mold, whether it&#8217;s a leak in the roof or around the windows, failing plumbing, or a basement that&#8217;s not watertight. If the underlying water damage isn&#8217;t addressed, the mold will likely return.</p> <p>The one time a landlord may be able to reject your request for mold remediation is if they believe it&#8217;s a result of your behavior - if you don&#8217;t keep your home well-ventilated, don&#8217;t clean regularly or run a humidifier too much.</p> <h2>Broken appliances</h2> <p>Your landlord is responsible for keeping any appliances that came with the unit in good working order. They&#8217;re also required to do the preventive maintenance that keeps your appliances up and running, like replacing worn hoses or servicing the air conditioner.</p> <p>If you brought some of your own appliances, like a microwave or a washer and dryer, you&#8217;re typically responsible for repairing and replacing them.</p> <p>Perhaps the most important appliance your landlord is responsible for is your furnace. Local and state laws require landlords to provide adequate heating, so if you&#8217;re having trouble keeping your home warm, reach out to your landlord immediately.</p> <p>In some warm-weather states, landlords are also required to provide air conditioning. It may not be required in other states, but if your unit has air conditioning, your landlord is required to maintain it.</p> <h2>Pests</h2> <p>Remember when we said that landlords are required to provide tenants with a safe, livable space? That includes <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/pests-bugs-out-house-202394/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">pest-free living</a>, but there are a few more gray areas with pests than with other maintenance issues.</p> <p>Whether your landlord is responsible or not depends on a few factors, including the state you live in, the type of rental unit and the type of pest. For example, in some states (but not others), landlords are legally required to manage bedbug infestations, which are an increasingly common issue.</p> <p>In some states, landlords are responsible for all pest control, unless you're renting a single-family home and they can prove that the pests are a result of you not keeping your home clean.</p> <p>No matter where you live and what local and state regulations are, let your landlord know about any kind of pest as soon as possible. A good landlord should want to address these issues quickly to avoid having them spread to different units.</p> <h2>What if my landlord isn&#8217;t cooperating?</h2> <p>In a perfect world, your landlord would fix every problem, without issue, in a timely manner. But in the real world, that doesn&#8217;t always happen.</p> <p>Consider these tips for getting landlord repair issues handled quickly and completely:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Report even small issues.</strong> That tiny leak under your bathroom sink may not seem like a big deal now, but it could cause a serious mold problem down the road. Always let your landlord know about issues as soon as you notice them, before they can get worse.</li> <li><strong>Make repair requests in writing.</strong> Don&#8217;t make repair requests verbally. Instead, send them via email so you have a paper trail and documentation with a date and time stamp.</li> <li><strong>Always have <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/renters-insurance-required-win-209225/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">renters insurance</a>.</strong> It's an affordable way to protect your belongings in case of damage caused by landlord negligence, plus a variety of other issues. It&#8217;s typically very affordable and can be purchased online in a matter of minutes.</li> <li><strong>Reread your lease.</strong> You (hopefully!) read your lease when you first signed it, but if you&#8217;re having issues with your landlord refusing to do repairs, take another look at your lease paperwork and see what they - and you - have already agreed to.</li> <li><strong>Get help from a local tenants' rights organization.</strong> If your landlord isn&#8217;t addressing major repair issues, find a local tenants' rights organization on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development website. They can help you identify local and state laws that apply to your situation and provide resources for additional assistance.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-myths-renting-201963/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">&#8216;You&#8217;re Throwing Money Away&#8217; and Other Myths About Renting</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/renters-5-biggest-nightmares-185567/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Top 5 Renting Nightmares and How to Face Them</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/landlord-background-check-228667/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Perform a Landlord Background Check</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=v0SWXQNOcPI:DlkSKClHtRc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=v0SWXQNOcPI:DlkSKClHtRc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/who-is-responsible-for-problems-in-your-rental-229409/feed/ 4 https://www.zillow.com/blog/who-is-responsible-for-problems-in-your-rental-229409/ 2018-09-21 20:56 +00:00 2018-09-22 08:56 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=229298 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/Y4HW5N3RoR0/ Unique Homes cabins unique homes Sleep Under the Stars in This Tiny Cabin Near a National Park This rustic desert cabin turns off-grid living on its head with chic interiors and a stargazing portal. Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:29:20 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/joshua-tree-cabin-229298/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>When you think of off-the-grid living, you likely picture a no-frills cabin without a single cellphone service bar in sight. But the Folly cabin - located just minutes from Joshua Tree National Park - is anything but a bare-bones space.</p> <p>This rustic cabin, designed by Malek Alqadi, is minimalist-meets-cozy, with a rusted steel exterior and raw wood walls on the interior that contrast nicely next to a dark plaster.</p> <figure id="attachment_229358" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-229358 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/171111_Folly1826-ec4794.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.samfroststudio.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Sam Frost.</a></figcaption></figure> <p>The living space is small, but it has everything you need to take refuge from the surrounding desert, including a small but inviting kitchen, a dining area that can seat up to six, and a living room perfect for curling up and watching Netflix on the sectional.</p> <figure id="attachment_229360" style="width: 650px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-229360 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/171111_Folly1984-670857.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.samfroststudio.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Sam Frost.</a></figcaption></figure> <figure id="attachment_229362" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-229362 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/171111_Folly2145-7c3969.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.samfroststudio.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Sam Frost.</a></figcaption></figure> <p>An industrial pipe staircase leads to the sleeping loft, and there are both indoor and outdoor bathing options available - including a soaking tub out on the deck.</p> <figure id="attachment_229361" style="width: 650px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-229361 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/171111_Folly2093-020f36.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.samfroststudio.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Sam Frost.</a></figcaption></figure> <figure id="attachment_229357" style="width: 650px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-229357 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/171111_Folly1770-d9716b.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.samfroststudio.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Sam Frost.</a></figcaption></figure> <figure id="attachment_229356" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-229356 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/follyfolly3-1-96db7a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://nick-pacione.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Nick Pacione.</a></figcaption></figure> <p>The real draw to the Folly cabin, however, is the stargazing portal, which is an open-air bedroom located in the second structure on the property. It features a queen bed that&#8217;s completely exposed to the elements and perfect for looking up at the uninhibited views of the night sky.</p> <figure id="attachment_229364" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-229364 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/171111_Folly2297-0b8001.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.samfroststudio.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Sam Frost.</a></figcaption></figure> <figure id="attachment_229355" style="width: 650px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-229355 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/follyfolly2-f142d9.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="974" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://nick-pacione.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Nick Pacione.</a></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&#8220;We created the Folly cabin from a 1954 homestead that was abandoned,&#8221; says the owner, Hillary Flur. &#8220;All these abandoned homesteads in Joshua Tree were becoming victims of vandalism. We wanted to bring this one back to life to create this whole new experience in Joshua Tree.&#8221;</span></p> <p>The Folly cabin marries the idea of off-the-grid living with technology, including solar panels, a grey-water system and smart-home technology.</p> <figure id="attachment_229366" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-229366 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/171111_Folly2327-b98109.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.samfroststudio.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Sam Frost.</a></figcaption></figure> <p>&#8220;A &#8216;f<span style="font-weight: 400;">olly&#8217; refers to the 18th-century abandoned art pieces that were attached to different castles. They didn't have an exact purpose but were beautifully designed and made to have the reaction of, &#8216;What is this thing in the middle of nowhere?&#8217; Our cabin is very much a thing in the middle of nowhere,&#8221; says Flur. </span></p> <p>The Folly cabin is available to book on a nightly <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/plus/18332523?guests=1&amp;adults=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">basis</a>.</p> <h6><em>Top photo by <a href="http://nick-pacione.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Nick Pacione</a>.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/island-eco-home-229150/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Living in Beauty Without Excess: A Small Coastal Home With Views to Spare</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/from-scraps-to-sanctuary-a-700-a-frame-cabin-228670/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">From Scraps to Sanctuary: A $700 A-Frame Cabin</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bubble-dome-home-226153/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sleep Under the Stars in a Bubble Home</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Y4HW5N3RoR0:OSIZweACHMg:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Y4HW5N3RoR0:OSIZweACHMg:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/joshua-tree-cabin-229298/feed/ 4 https://www.zillow.com/blog/joshua-tree-cabin-229298/ 2018-09-19 18:29 +00:00 2018-09-20 06:29 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=217390 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/i7Dw8MgT3WE/ Home Improvement bars decorating entertaining Quiz: What Type of Bar Should You Build in Your Home? Will it be swanky and ornate or slickly modern? Perhaps a straw-thatched tiki bar or a replica English pub? Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:00:56 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-home-bar-type-217390/#comments Cat Overman <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="163522" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" title="Personality Test - Pick Your Favorite Things, And We'll Show You Your Perfect Home Bar" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/163522?"></p> <section> <h2>Pick Your Favorite Things, And We&#8217;ll Show You Your Perfect Home Bar</h2> <p><span style="color: #222120;">Get ready to knock back a tasty beverage in the type of spot that suits you best.</span></p> </section> <section> <h2>Tiki</h2> <p>When it&#8217;s time to unwind, you reach for tropical fruits and fancy-faced mugs, then kick back and savor the island lifestyle. Bamboo, palms and string lights set the mood.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Learn how to </em><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-a-bar-in-your-home-215862/" target="_blank"><em>build your bar</em></a><em>.</em></p> </section> <section> <h3>Swanky</h3> <p>You like your surroundings to be as elegant and sophisticated as you are, and your home bar is no exception. Hand-carved embellishments, intricate glasswork and marble counters will elevate your bar.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Learn how to </em><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-a-bar-in-your-home-215862/" target="_blank"><em>build your bar</em></a><em>. </em></p> </section> <section> <h3>Pub</h3> <p>When it comes to unwinding, it&#8217;s hard to beat the atmosphere of a historic British watering hole. Set your pint of ale on the rich wood bar and nestle into the plush velvet chairs of your own home pub.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Learn how to </em><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-a-bar-in-your-home-215862/" target="_blank"><em>build your bar</em></a><em>.</em></p> </section> <section> <h3>Modern</h3> <p>Fuss-free and sleek-lined, your home bar sets the scene for a low-key soiree. Think minimalist bar stools, unobtrusive recessed lighting and a neutral color palette.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em> Learn how to </em><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-a-bar-in-your-home-215862/" target="_blank"><em>build your bar</em></a><em>.</em></p> </section> <section> <h2>Pick the sandwich you&#8217;d most like to sink your teeth into.</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Which chair would you pick to take a load off?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Which dog would be your best friend?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>What would be in your ideal backyard?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Which outerwear are you most likely to reach for?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>What would you turn your home&#8217;s spare room into (besides a bar)?</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Pick your ultimate getaway car.</h3> </section> <section> <h3>And, of course, pick your drink of choice.</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <h6><em>Top image (and pub bar result image) from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4218-Running-Brook-Dr-Rowlett-TX-75088/27185228_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>. Quiz 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">Zillow listing</a>. </em><em>Quiz images from Shutterstock, except: library image from Getty Images; tiki bar result from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/19127-80th-Ave-W-Edmonds-WA-98026/38496651_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>; swanky bar result from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/240-Sisson-St-Romeo-MI-48065/83447931_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>; and modern bar result from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1152-Links-Ct-Erie-CO-80516/147526785_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">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/blog/3-decorative-rope-diys-224991/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Repurpose Your Rope: 3 Decorative DIYs to Try</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=i7Dw8MgT3WE:9D9wmNsiOpQ: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:9D9wmNsiOpQ: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/ 5 https://www.zillow.com/blog/quiz-home-bar-type-217390/ 2018-09-13 13:00 +00:00 2018-09-14 01:00 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=206957 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/DpNIA6lGgZE/ Home Improvement Cleaning home organization 10 Home Organization Woes (and How to Fix Them) No more excuses! Getting organized is easier than you think - we promise. Tue, 11 Sep 2018 13:31:21 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-10-home-organization-issues-206957/#comments DorothyTheOrganizer <p>A change in season calls for a fresh start, which means it&#8217;s the perfect time to rejuvenate your home organization strategy. Spoiler: It&#8217;s not as hard as you think!</p> <p>These stress-reducing tips will help you solve 10 of the most common home organization woes - simply and with minimal effort.</p> <h2>1. &#8220;I can't find it!&#8221;</h2> <p>Having too much stuff can make it hard to locate items you need. Favorite shirts get lost in a crowded closet, the perfect spatula hides in the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/small-kitchen-space-saving-tips-228078/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">overstuffed kitchen drawer</a>, and necessary tools float to the bottom of an unsorted toolbox.</p> <p>But getting organized may be easier than you think. Let's take those tools as an example. The garage can be one of the messiest places in the house, but this simple and easy starting point will help you get it under control.</p> <ol> <li>Hang a pegboard, and install some hooks.</li> <li>Using a marker, draw an outline around each tool to indicate its location.</li> </ol> <p>You&#8217;ll have a tool organization system that not only keeps you organized but also alerts you when the tools are missing. Plus, organizing is contagious - once you start, it spreads rapidly throughout the house.</p> <h2>2. &#8220;I left home without it (again).&#8221;</h2> <p>Have you ever walked out of the house and forgotten the birthday card for your friend? Left the set of directions to your niece's wedding on the printer? If only we could remind ourselves about these things before walking out the door.</p> <p>Whether the front door or mudroom is your jumping-off point each morning, you can set it up for total success. Create an organizing system with pockets that hang on the knob or over the door to hold items you&#8217;ll need before you leave for work, school or events.</p> <p>A simple door organizer usually costs under $15 either in stores or online.</p> <h2>3. &#8220;Did you wash my soccer uniform?&#8221;</h2> <p>The <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/maximizing-laundry-mudroom-173103/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">laundry room</a> is often the nemesis of an organized house. Here&#8217;s a laundry system that will restore household harmony and save you time: Get each family member their own laundry basket, and label it.</p> <p>Rather than placing the clean laundry on the stairs or couch and watching everyone walk by without picking up their clothes, ask them to pick up their personalized basket in the laundry room.</p> <p>There will be no lost items or mix-ups - and no more blaming you.</p> <figure id="attachment_207066" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3123-Shriver-Dr-San-Jose-CA-95132/19774062_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-207066 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/laundry-room-6b9118.jpg" alt="Courtesy of Zillow Digs." width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3123-Shriver-Dr-San-Jose-CA-95132/19774062_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>4. &#8220;Do I have to do everything?&#8221;</h2> <p>The kitchen is the pulse point of most homes. It's a high-traffic area that everyone uses all through the day. We open our mail here, study for school here, use the computer here, pile our stuff here - plus, it's where the food is!</p> <p>Dedicate one part of the counter for daily routines, like a lunch-making station. Stock it with paper towels, wraps, baggies and a cutting board. You could also make a coffee and tea station, equipped with supplies like filters, strainers and sugar.</p> <p>If you create an organized space for your family to make their own lunches or coffee drinks, your life is easier. That's called delegation.</p> <h2>5. &#8220;Where&#8217;d I put the doctor&#8217;s phone number?&#8221;</h2> <p>Another tip for the kitchen is one that can save a life: a household manual, in either a physical or digital form. You can create this in just a few minutes, and it costs you nothing.</p> <p>Grab a binder and three-hole punch, and put all your vital information in the binder. This includes emergency contact info, the name of your family doctors and vet, school rosters, alarm codes, medications and dosages for the kids, caregiver names, the location of your wills - anything you&#8217;d need someone to know in an emergency.</p> <p>When you have a minute, make it digital. But start with step one: Simply gather important information in one place, and keep it contained.</p> <h2>6. &#8220;I can't corral these crazy cords!&#8221;</h2> <p>Phones, chargers, remotes and mismatched cords are always scattered throughout the house. The shortcut for pulling everything together? A central charging station.</p> <p>A charging station hides cords, keeps all electronic items together and can even blend in with your furniture.</p> <h2>7. &#8220;There are toys all over the place!&#8221;</h2> <p>Many parents&#8217; biggest home organization issue is the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/keep-toys-from-taking-over-home-223136/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">kids not picking up their toys</a>.</p> <p>The solution here might be as simple as teaching your children organization skills early on and making it easy for them to put things in their place.</p> <p>Here's one idea that will allow you to shift from frustration to elation:</p> <ol> <li>Use bins to hold the toys. Each bin should hold toys of the same type.</li> <li>Find a picture of the toys being stored in each particular bin. For example, if you have dolls and stuffed animals in one bin, attach a picture of dolls and stuffed animals to the front of it.</li> </ol> <figure id="attachment_224147" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/43-Great-Jones-St-APT-4-New-York-NY-10012/80382258_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-224147" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/kidsroom-d37da1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/43-Great-Jones-St-APT-4-New-York-NY-10012/80382258_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h2>8. &#8220;Can you please clean up after yourself?&#8221;</h2> <p>Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone could clean up their own mess in at least one communal room? Does your bathroom come to mind? Make this a reality by creating a system that works fairly universally.</p> <p>Get each person in the house a toiletry caddy, just like at summer camp or in a college dorm. Put names on the caddies, and store them on shelves in the bathroom or, if space is really at a premium, ask folks to carry their caddies back and forth from their bedrooms.</p> <p>The bathroom stays organized, and there's an automatic tidying-up system built in after every visit.</p> <h2>9. &#8220;I have no place to relax.&#8221;</h2> <p>Clearing clutter can create a peaceful home - away from overstimulation and the demands of our external world.</p> <p>Take that idea to one room in particular: our bedrooms, which are meant to serve as a sanctuary. The piles of laundry, books and magazines living next to the bed nix any possibility of a calm and relaxing experience.</p> <p>You can start to create a peaceful space by:</p> <ul> <li>Getting rid of clothing you don&#8217;t need anymore. Box it and store it, sell it or donate it.</li> <li>Going through all the books on your bedside table (or floor) and selecting just one to read. Store the others in an alternate location. Keep just this month's magazines on your table, and either relocate, recycle or donate the rest.</li> </ul> <figure id="attachment_224148" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/235-E-72nd-St-New-York-NY-10021/31537169_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-224148" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/tranquilbedroom-481374.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="666" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/235-E-72nd-St-New-York-NY-10021/31537169_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h2>10. &#8220;I don't have time to get organized.&#8221;</h2> <p>One of the top reasons for not getting organized is lack of time. It seems we devote all the energy we have to work, family, school, volunteering and other commitments.</p> <p>While many of us dream about alphabetized folders and color-coded sheets and towels, the fact remains that there is often little time in the day to organize or even clean.</p> <p>The best way to manage this issue is to reduce - and then repeat after me.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Reduce.</strong> <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/declutter-for-intentional-home-210492/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Eliminating clutter</a> is the number one thing we can do to create more time for ourselves. When there&#8217;s less clutter, we spend less time cleaning it, less time putting it back where it belongs and less space storing it. Take just 10 minutes today, and eliminate 10 items you no longer really need.</li> <li><strong>Repeat after me.</strong> Here&#8217;s a mantra for you: Avoid perfection at all costs. Don&#8217;t get too hung up on the details. Your home doesn&#8217;t need to be perfectly organized every day. Sometimes "good enough" is all you need.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/organizing-secrets-pros-know-204721/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Organizing Secrets Only the Pros Know</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/guide-to-house-cleaning-222514/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The 9-to-5er&#8217;s Guide to Keeping Your House Clean</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/create-a-dedicated-drop-zone-187516/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Steps to Creating an Organized Entryway (Even If You Don&#8217;t Have the Space)</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published January 10, 2018.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=DpNIA6lGgZE:dzXHH8CrNaA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=DpNIA6lGgZE:dzXHH8CrNaA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-10-home-organization-issues-206957/feed/ 18 https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-10-home-organization-issues-206957/ 2018-09-11 13:31 +00:00 2018-09-12 01:31 +12:00 https://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=187516 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/5sX0nVBT1_4/ Home Improvement entryways home organization 3 Steps to Creating an Organized Entryway (Even If You Don't Have the Space) With a little inspiration and organization, you can create an entryway that makes coming and going a breeze. Mon, 10 Sep 2018 13:00:43 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/create-a-dedicated-drop-zone-187516/#comments Erica Sooter <p>Drop zones, mudrooms, utility rooms, entryways, "places to leave your stuff."</p> <p>Whatever you call them, these spaces are a spot to kick off your shoes, drop your keys and keep everything you&#8217;ll need for the next day right where you left it.</p> <p>But <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/declutter-for-intentional-home-210492/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">without organization</a>, entryways can quickly become a clutter catch-all. Shoes usually end up piled in front of the door, and an array of backpacks, mail, dog leashes and knickknacks can quickly accumulate and crowd the space.</p> <p>A dedicated, organized and stylish drop zone for all of your daily needs - and to welcome your guests - is absolutely achievable, no matter the size or design of your living space.</p> <p>Try these tips to establish a functional entryway in a home of any size.</p> <figure id="attachment_187525" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2219-9th-St-Berkeley-CA-94710/24836182_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-187525" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISplxx1x5ve5cu1000000000-e78bd5.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2219-9th-St-Berkeley-CA-94710/24836182_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h2>1. Make a little room</h2> <p>Since it&#8217;s generally not possible to remodel or add on to a rental apartment, you must work with what you have.</p> <p>Try a narrow console table for tight hallways as a place to drop your keys or leave your outgoing mail.</p> <p>If <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tricks-for-storage-in-small-spaces-183802/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">space is really tight</a> and all you have is the wall behind your door, hang hooks for coats and bags so they stay off the floor.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220343" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/139A4213-ce2892.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p>Another small-space trick: Temporarily remove your coat closet&#8217;s door, and add a stool or small bench inside as a place to sit and take off your shoes - and still have room for coats.</p> <p>If your apartment is inside a secure building, you may be able to leave out a basket or tray for shoes in the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/smart-use-of-shared-spaces-187785/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">shared hallway</a>.</p> <h2>2. Add functionality</h2> <p>A mirror can also go a long way in opening up and brightening tight areas by reflecting light and giving the illusion of more space.</p> <p>Retailers like IKEA sell pieces that can be modified to fit narrow spaces or hung on the wall. Measure your desired entryway space, and find furniture that will make the most of the room you have.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-220347" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/139A4206-4caeac.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>A dedicated space for accessories also makes your drop zone a functional center. A devoted bowl or hook to hang your keys, a folder to sort your mail, and a basket to keep your shoes in really makes a difference in the flow of your day.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220340" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/139A4200-580cd8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h2>3. Leave a message</h2> <p>Bump practicality up a notch by having a message center in your drop zone where you can pin important reminders or leave messages for family members. It&#8217;s a great way to keep everyone connected as they go in and out.</p> <p>A docking station to charge all your electronics can also be useful here. Look for compact and small accessories that will fit your space, yet serve the purpose you need.</p> <p>By customizing your drop zone with features you need that will fit your home, you&#8217;ll keep everything streamlined and accessible when you need it.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/designing-tidy-stylish-entryway-167811/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">First Impressions: Designing a Tidy and Stylish Entryway</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-10-home-organization-issues-206957/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Ways to Conquer Clutter and Simplify Your Life</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/small-kitchen-space-saving-tips-228078/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Small Kitchen? Try These 9 Tips for Making the Most of Your Limited Space</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published December 3, 2015.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=5sX0nVBT1_4:UQ0N8taqKwM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=5sX0nVBT1_4:UQ0N8taqKwM:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/create-a-dedicated-drop-zone-187516/feed/ 4 https://www.zillow.com/blog/create-a-dedicated-drop-zone-187516/ 2018-09-10 13:00 +00:00 2018-09-11 01:00 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513685/rental-wof-won-t-help-affordability?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Rental+WoF+won%27t+help+affordability https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513685/rental-wof-won-t-help-affordability?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Rental+WoF+won%27t+help+affordability Rental WoF won't help affordability The Green Party is again calling for the introduction of a rental Warrant of Fitness (WoF). 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Tue, 19 Jun 2018 09:04:30 +1200 2018-06-19 09:04 +12:00 2018-06-19 09:04 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513538/affordable-housing-in-auckland-now-doable?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Affordable+housing+in+Auckland+now+doable https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976513538/affordable-housing-in-auckland-now-doable?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Affordable+housing+in+Auckland+now+doable Affordable housing in Auckland now doable As a property lender, we believe a big part of our future will be backing affordable housing developments in Auckland thanks to the Unitary Plan which now makes them a lot more doable. 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Over these 20 years Jane and I have practiced as Architects Thu, 12 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +1300 2015-03-12 00:00 +13:00 2015-03-12 00:00 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976512377/a-labour-win-for-landlords-to-celebrate?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=A+Labour+win+for+landlords+to+celebrate https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976512377/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. 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Thu, 07 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +1300 2013-11-07 00:00 +13:00 2013-11-07 00:00 +13:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976511988/regional-first-home-buyers-acting-fast-reinz?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Regional+first-home+buyers+acting+fast%3A+REINZ https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976511988/regional-first-home-buyers-acting-fast-reinz?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Regional+first-home+buyers+acting+fast%3A+REINZ Regional first-home buyers acting fast: REINZ Activity is picking up in regional New Zealand ahead of the loan-to-value speed limit introduction at the end of the month, the Real Estate Institute says. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +1300 2013-09-16 00:00 +13:00 2013-09-15 23:00 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976511987/rent-control-policy-questioned?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Rent+control+policy+questioned https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976511987/rent-control-policy-questioned?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Rent+control+policy+questioned Rent control policy questioned Rent controls proposed by Labour party leadership hopeful Grant Robertson have been panned by Act leader John Banks. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +1300 2013-09-13 00:00 +13:00 2013-09-12 23:00 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976511886/council-eyes-plan-profits?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Council+eyes+Plan+profits https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/976511886/council-eyes-plan-profits?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Council+eyes+Plan+profits Council eyes Plan profits Auckland Council wants to be able to take a slice of any increase in value of properties that have their zoning changing from low density to high density housing, or rural properties that are rezoned urban. Mon, 06 May 2013 00:00:00 +1300 2013-05-06 00:00 +13:00 2013-05-05 23:00 +12:00