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May 18

This Super Sleek, 68-Story-Tall Infinity Pool Is Coming to NYC

Did you ever think that a fear of heights would keep you from getting into a pool? Well, it might not have been a concern before, but if you’re looking to spend your summer living that high life in Brooklyn, you might just need to get over that fear!

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25
May 18

A Macramé Master's Organic Modern Dutch Home — House Tour

Name: Aysu Sener, her daughters Ebru and Ezgi
Location: Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Size: 1,300 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years; renting

Interior decorating has been Aysu’s passion for as long as she can remember. She loves to change things up so frequently her daughters are no longer surprised when they come home from school to find a whole new arrangement! Aysu adores plants; they’re actually the only items she’s really attached to. Combined with her preference for natural colors, her home is an urban oasis where one will feel instantly at ease. She often makes use of tactile materials that are also sturdy, resulting in a warm and laid-back atmosphere.

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25
May 18

The Best Mattresses in a Box — The Guide 2018

It used to be that the only way to get a mattress required going to a mattress store and testing them out on-site, with a persistent and persuasive salesman on hand pushing you to buy. The whole process was inconvenient and costly, so it’s no wonder that companies found a new (and seriously successful) way to sell mattresses—direct-to-consumer, and delivered in a box. This strategy results in lower prices and better convenience. All of these companies offer free trial periods (the typical number is 100 days) so you can be even more sure of your choice than if you had tested out for a few minutes in a showroom.

This model has been so successful that the market is saturated with options—so much so that choosing one has become an increasingly impossible task. Through weeks of research and testing, we rounded up 10 of our favorites for you to check out and get started on achieving the bed (and sleep) of your dreams — plus, they’re ALL on sale for Memorial Day Weekend!

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25
May 18

If You Buy This Condo, You'll Get a Free Trip to Space

Somewhere in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City is a homeowner who’s itching to get an $85 million condo off of his hands. So much so, that he’s willing to throw in complimentary seats for two on an upcoming Virgin Galactic space flight—a gift that retails at $250,000.

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25
May 18

Renter-Friendly Window Treatments That Don't Damage Walls

Most of the time, I’m okay with skirting around a landlord’s rules and will happily drill holes to hang art and curtains. However, every now and then, you meet a landlord who’s such a stickler, you wouldn’t even dare bring a drill into the apartment. If you find yourself in such a situation, these damage-free ideas for hanging curtains will help you keep your privacy—and your security deposit.

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24
May 18

Selling Your House on Your Own Could Cost You

Selling Your House on Your Own Could Cost You | Simplifying The Market

In this extremely hot real estate market, some homeowners might consider selling their homes on their own which is known as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). They rationalize that they don’t need a real estate agent and believe that they can save the fee for the services a real estate agent offers.

However, a study by Collateral Analytics reveals that FSBOs don’t actually save anything, and in some cases may be costing themselves more, by not listing with an agent.

In the study, they analyzed home sales in a variety of markets. The data showed that:

“FSBOs tend to sell for lower prices than comparable home sales, and in many cases below the average differential represented by the prevailing commission rate.” (emphasis added)

Why would FSBOs net less money than if they had used an agent?

The study makes several suggestions:

  • “There could be systematic bias on the buyer side as well. FSBO sales might attract more strategic buyers than MLS sales, particularly buyers who rationalize lower-priced bids with the logic that the seller is “saving” a traditional commission. Such buyers might specifically search for and target sellers who are not getting representational assistance from agents.” In other words, ‘bargain lookers’ might shop FSBOs more often.
  • “Experienced agents are experts at ‘staging’ homes for sale” which could bring more money for the home.
  • “Properties listed with a broker that is a member of the local MLS will be listed online with all other participating broker websites, marketing the home to a much larger buyer population. And those MLS properties generally offer compensation to agents who represent buyers, incentivizing them to show and sell the property and again potentially enlarging the buyer pool.” If more buyers see a home, the greater the chances are that there could be a bidding war for the property.

Conclusions from the study:

  1. FSBOs achieve prices significantly lower than those from similar properties sold by Realtors using the MLS.
  2. The data suggests the average price was near 6% lower for FSBO sales of similar properties.

Bottom Line

As Dave Ramsey, America’s trusted voice on money, explains:

“Research has shown that, between mistakes, lack of negotiating skills, pricing errors and general exposure on the market, you’ll cost yourself more than the real estate commission…You’ll come out slightly better and with a lot less hassle if you use a top-shelf agent.”

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24
May 18

The Dutch Door House From Fixer Upper Just Hit the Market in Waco

Another Waco home flip featured on Fixer Upper has just hit the market, including a guest home on the property and a solid Airbnb track record.

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24
May 18

This 194 Square Foot Pre-Fab Cabin Is the Ultimate Off-the-Grid Escape

Because obsessing over remote getaways is completely normal and appropriate at all times, here’s a tiny pre-fab cabin on the border of Turkey and Greece that will surely beckon you to its threshold. Istanbul firm SO? Architecture and Ideas designed the stylish dwelling with minimalism, durability and sustainability in mind.

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24
May 18

An Avid Craigslister's Black-and-White Brooklyn Rental Is Full of Deals — House Tour

Name: Rachael Bennett and cute puppy, Kuma
Location: Crown Heights — Brooklyn, NY
Size: 900 square feet
Years lived in: 6 months, renting

Architect Rachael Bennett doesn’t think you should be scared of designing without color. “I find many people think that ‘neutrals’ or ‘black and white’ is either going to be boring (beige on beige on beige, or worse, sterile and cold),” she writes. “But the amount of richness and warmth you can create with just texture, pattern, and materiality, makes for a space just as visually interesting as one with color.” Her home—a 900-square-foot apartment she’s been renting for over six months—may not have a bunch of bright colors, but it does show how you can master the art of layering to create a bold, monochromatic home.

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24
May 18

Disney's Gravity Falls Put So Much Detail Into The Mystery Shack

One of the most intricate, continuity-conscious series out there is a former Disney Channel cartoon disguised as a children’s show. Gravity Falls ran for two perfect seasons between 2012 and 2016, centering around a fictional Oregon town with twin siblings, Mabel and Dipper Pines, and their great-uncle Stan. The “mystery twins” are visiting the strange Pacific Northwest town of Gravity Falls for one very long summer over the course of both seasons, helping Stan manage his storefront inside his house, affectionately dubbed the “Mystery Shack.”

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