5 Holiday Looks on the Nice List

Festive ideas for decking your halls this season, straight from the source. If Santa’s decor has been on the top of your wishlist ever since he claimed his home on Zillow, now you can make it happen. We highlighted five ways you can easily incorporate his holiday style into your home. Content & Images Provided by Zillow

What Happens When a One-of-a-Kind Home Needs a New Owner?

It’s essential to have the right marketing plan, pricing strategy and real estate agent. When shopping for a home, it’s not uncommon to come across one that truly stands out. It’s not because the home is an old fixer-upper or that it’s a newly renovated home with a designer kitchen. It’s a home that’s architecturally significant or in some way conveys a “different” attribute. For instance, it might be a castle, a church or even a fire station that has been converted into one or more living spaces. With an unusual home, pricing and marketing can be a challenge. Here are three things to keep …

Bringing a 1980s Relic Into the Light, Bright Modern Age

1989 called — it wants its floor plan back. It’s never easy to restore an old home, but redesigning a home built in the 1980s — an era not particularly loved for its style — requires imagination. Debbie Cederlind and Lora Lindberg, Seattle house-flipping pros and owners of Urban Squirrel, recently tackled a Bothell, WA home built in 1989 that didn’t have much going for it on the style front. “With 1980s houses, it’s a challenge to put character back in,” says Cederlind. “We started with no character, but it felt good at the end. We made it stand out and …

Navy SEAL Museum Adds Warrior Sculptures to Collection

Fort Pierce, Fla. – October 27, 2017­ – The Navy SEAL Museum has announced the addition of three new sculptures to its Memorial Garden. World-renowned sculptor Pablo Eduardo is the artist responsible for the life-size statues honoring Navy SEALs and their predecessors. The statues depict the evolution of Naval Special Warfare, featuring a Vietnam era Frogman, a contemporary SEAL warrior, and a modern canine counterpart. The statues are replicas of an initial project commissioned by the Tip of the Spear Foundation in 2011. With their permission, and under the urging of Executive Director Rick Kaiser, the Museum was granted access …

Is Buying a ‘Starter Home’ Still Smart?

Your parents’ rite of passage may not make sense for you. When the Baby Boomer generation was venturing into adulthood, it was common to buy a “starter home” — a modest, small dwelling. As their families grew and careers advanced, they moved into bigger or better homes. Now, many people struggle to come up with the down payment for a first home. They may wonder if it’s smarter to wait and save more money so they can buy a home that makes more long-term sense, or go the other route, buying a starter home and planning to stay in it for more years. It’s …

5 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall

The days may be getting shorter, but the home-shopping benefits are growing. Real estate markets ebb and flow just like the seasons. The spring market starts hopping when the sun comes out, flowers bloom and winter is over. Conversely, fall signals the beginning of a slower market, which could be good for buyers. If you’re in the market for a home, here are some reasons why fall can be a great time to buy. Leftover spring inventory may result in deals Home sellers tend to go on the market for the first time in the spring. They often list their homes too …

4 Ways to Cozy Up Your Kitchen for Fall

Grab your hearty soup recipes, decorative pie plates, and favorite cookbooks. Fall is here, and with just a little effort you can get your kitchen ready to make the most of it. The leaves changing color indicates the season has changed, and so follows your home decor. Decorating for the chillier fall months means incorporating warm and inviting colors and textures into your home’s interior design, specifically in the kitchen. Try these four tips to create a cozier kitchen for fall. Weave in dark textiles Fall means decorating with gorgeously textured throws, pillows, and table linens. Introduce your kitchen to an autumnal palette …

Thanks to More Data and Great Minds, Zestimate Accuracy Is Improving

For many Americans, their home is one of their largest financial assets. The typical homeowner has a little over half of their wealth tied up in their home, according to a Zillow analysis of the Federal Reserve Board, Survey of Consumer Finances. That’s why the Zestimate® home value – and improving its accuracy – is so essential. While it’s not an appraisal, the Zestimate, based on a complex mathematical equation, gives a homeowner a starting point for tracking their home’s worth. A home’s value is ultimately determined by what someone else is willing to pay for. An algorithm can’t really …

Humane Society Offers Hurricane Preparedness Tips to Keep Pets Safe

The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County (HSVB) is urging all pet parents to make the following preparations for themselves and their pets as our community prepares for the possibility of Hurricane Irma impacting our area. Never leave your pets behind during a natural disaster. HSVB urges all pet parents to begin making the appropriate arrangements. Begin securing your home if it is a safe option for housing during a storm or finalize plans for you and your pets should you need to stay elsewhere. Pet parents should create two “go” kits: one for themselves and one …

What to Do After a Hurricane

Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates. Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended. If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe. Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges. Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company. Stay out of any building that has water around it. Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance …