Descriptive Terms in Real Estate Ads – Even More Definitions

Descriptive Terms in Real Estate Ads – Even More Definitions

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If you are buying or selling a home, the chances are good you struggle with the meaning of descriptive real estate terms. Here are explanations and definitions for more terms.

“Living Room” & “Family Room”

When a home has both a living room and a family room, we know which is which. It used to be that when an ad mentioned a family room, we could assume it also had a living room. Now some builders are building houses with something akin to the first use of “Great Room” above and calling it the “Family Room” on the floor plan. Thus houses and their terminology seem to be evolving. I suppose in the new builder speak we should just think of the room as an informal family living room.

“Patio” & “Terrace”

Both are outdoor living areas paved with something like slate or brick. A patio is level with the ground around it. A terrace has adjoining areas of ground which are higher, or lower, or perhaps both.

“Solarium,” “Sun Room,” “Florida Room”

These terms are used to describe rooms with lots of windows (often on three sides). Many times these areas also have skylights. The choice of what to call them seems purely personal. They tend to be charming, bright, sunny places in which to over winter plants and sit in the garden in chilly or downright cold weather.

“Jack and Jill Bath”

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I did not think that we would be able to afford a rental beach house that year

I did not think that we would be able to afford a rental beach house that year

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When I told my family, they were disappointed but resigned.
Everyone was resigned to not having a rental beach house, that is, but my youngest daughter. She loved rental beach houses, having a passion for swimming from the time she was two years old. She suggested that we rent a vacation house with some family friends, and I thought the idea was a stroke of brilliance. I had never even considered it before. After all, we always went east and they always went west. We always had very different tastes in vacation destinations, but nonetheless both of us always ended up on the beach. Without further ado, I called them up and asked if they were interested in rental beach houses.

When they told me that they were, I cannot tell you how excited I was. It seemed like vacation was saved! I had wanted to go to a rental beach house, because it had been a stressful year. Without a little bit of time to relax on the beach, unwinding as the waves rushed in and out, I knew I would go back to work uptight and be less productive. The week at a rental beach house was such a long-standing tradition that it seemed like a shame to miss it. I knew that my family would get over it, but when I found out that we could actually go …

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A Miniature House Isn’t A Home Without Dollhouse Dolls

A Miniature House Isn’t A Home Without Dollhouse Dolls

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Dollhouse dolls make a dollhouse complete.
Without miniature people, the house is easy to imagine as just a house with furniture that will never be used and toys that will never be played with. As sad as that sounds, it is easy to remedy by adding a family of dolls.

One of the best parts of having a dollhouse family is making them just like your own family. There can be a mom and dad, brother and sister, grandma and grandpa and even pets. Everyone’s family is different and that is what makes the world interesting. A family with seven children would fill a dollhouse with love. A smaller family with just mom and child would equal a lot of fun time together. A family with grandma and grandpa will have a house filled with stories. Having dolls that are like your family is a great way to make your dollhouse even more special.

Dollhouses are so much fun because they give life to imagination. Children can go anywhere and do anything in their miniature world. There are many dollhouses available that aren’t houses at all, but are stores, barns, churches, and so much more. These unique dollhouses need people as well. Your miniature family can take a trip to the grocery store, attend church, or go to school. There are countless stories that can be acted out using all sorts of different dolls. It is all in the …

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The Best Home For Your Money. Experts predict big business in home rehabbing in 2006.

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If you’re looking to own your own business in 2006, real estate rehabilitation may be the best home for your money.

According to the National Realtors Association, almost one-fourth of all homes purchased in 2004 were acquired as investment properties. And home remodeling continues to be a $130 billion business.

As the price for single-family homes continues to rise, the demand for affordable housing in existing neighborhoods throughout the U.S. remains constant. So, bull market or bear market, this real estate sector is one hot property.

While fixer-uppers sell for 24 percent less than other properties, a little remodeling know-how can turn those same properties into the envy of the community. In addition, helping people out of ugly situations is just as important as transforming ugly houses. From a messy divorce to an inherited old home, from neglectful renters to fighting foreclosure, from the loss of a job to a quick relocation, the business of selling a home quickly is in big demand. As a result, a national company that pays cash for houses at a discount and doesn’t require customers to address open houses, remodeling headaches or long closings has found a successful niche.

With more than 250 franchise locations across the United States, HomeVestors has put the power of a national brand in front of the hottest trend in real estate-the rehabbing of ugly houses into beautiful and affordable real estate. The result is a business that can benefit the business owner as well …

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The Best Home For Your Money. Experts predict big business in home rehabbing in 2006.

The Best Home For Your Money. Experts predict big business in home rehabbing in 2006.

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If you’re looking to own your own business in 2006, real estate rehabilitation may be the best home for your money.

According to the National Realtors Association, almost one-fourth of all homes purchased in 2004 were acquired as investment properties. And home remodeling continues to be a $130 billion business.

As the price for single-family homes continues to rise, the demand for affordable housing in existing neighborhoods throughout the U.S. remains constant. So, bull market or bear market, this real estate sector is one hot property.

While fixer-uppers sell for a 24 percent less than other properties, a little remodeling know-how can turn those same properties into the envy of the community. In addition, helping people out of ugly situations is just as important as transforming ugly houses. From a messy divorce to an inherited old home, from neglectful renters to fighting foreclosure, from the loss of a job to a quick relocation, the business of selling a home quickly is in big demand. As a result, a national company that pays cash for houses at a discount and doesn’t require customers to address open houses, remodeling headaches or long closings has found a successful niche.

With more than 250 franchise locations across the United States, HomeVestors has put the power of a national brand in front of the hottest trend in real estate-the rehabbing of ugly houses into beautiful and …

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Philippines Travel: The Old World Charm Of Ilocos

Philippines Travel: The Old World Charm Of Ilocos

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Going to the province of Ilocos is like treading back in time. Not only for the Spanish colonial houses, but for the simple, laid-back feel of the towns and its people.

In old times, Ilocandia has been described as a God-forsaken land because of its arid and difficult terrain. But the hardy people of this province had the patience and the will to survive and eventually turned it into a lush and abundant highland. Amidst all these, is a rich history consisting of legendary uprisings, monumental edifices, and noble men and women who have made Ilocos a unique and remarkable place that it is today.

Vigan is a sleepy town at the heart of Ilocos Sur. It’s easy to find your way around because the people are friendly and warm to visitors. At the center of the town is Plaza Salcedo erected in honor of Juan Salcedo, who named this place Ciudad Fernandina after King Ferdinand of Spain. Right across the plaza is the St. Paul’s Cathedral built in 1641 and which came under the Diocese of Nueva Segovia in 1758.

A few minutes walk will bring you to the Burgess House. Now converted into a museum, the house is the birthplace of Fr. Jose Burgos, one of the priests executed in Cavite during the revolution. The museum houses what were left of the Burgos family belongings which include antique furnitures, clothing and other artifacts donated by some prominent families …

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Philippines Travel (3)

Philippines Travel

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Going to the province of Ilocos is like treading back in time. Not only for the Spanish colonial houses, but for the simple, laid-back feel of the towns and its people.
In old times, Ilocandia has been described as a God-forsaken land because of its arid and difficult terrain.
But the hardy people of this province had the patience and the will to survive, and eventually turned it into a lush and abundant highland. Amidst all these, is a rich history consisting of legendary uprisings, monumental edifices, and noble men and women who have made Ilocos a unique and remarkable place that it is today.
Vigan is a sleepy town at the heart of Ilocos Sur. It’s easy to find your way around because the people are friendly and warm to visitors. At the center of the town is Plaza Salcedo erected in honor of Juan Salcedo who named this place Ciudad Fernandina after King Ferdinand of Spain. Right across the plaza is the St. Paul’s Cathedral built in 1641 and which came under the Diocese of Nueva Segovia in 1758.
A few minutes walk will bring you to the Burgos House. Now converted into a museum, the house is the birthplace of Fr. Jose Burgos, one of the priests executed in Cavite during the revolution. The museum houses what were left of the Burgos family belongings which include antique furnitures, clothing and other artifacts donated by some prominent families in Vigan.
Indeed, Vigan is best …

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Hall Cabinets, Benches and Accent Chests Increasing in Popularity

Hall Cabinets, Benches and Accent Chests Increasing in Popularity

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I remember the 70’s very well. Hallways in houses and apartments were almost always decorated the same way. There were two options. Option one was no decoration at all, just barren hallway. Option two was a variation on the theme of family pictures cascading down a staircase wall in a forty-five degree line. You remember those houses, don’t you? Like me, you may have even lived in one. A hallway, entry way or foyer decorated with family pictures. Wow, doesn’t that take me back…

Nowadays, thankfully, family pictures are framed and sitting on tables in the “family room” or hanging on the walls in this most comfortable of family sanctuaries. No longer do people feel the need to assault visitors and guest with the grimacing mug of Uncle Charley as soon as they enter the house. The welcome replacements to family pictures have been hall cabinets, benches and accent chests.

Hall cabinets, benches and accent chests, whether alone or with a picture or mirror above, are an excellent way to decorate entry ways, foyers and hallways. From Bombay chest beauties to settees and chaise lounges, more people are starting to realize that having one piece of furniture in areas such as these makes a tasteful statement about a home’s overall decor. Pieces such as these can set the mood for visitors and guests and often are a telling mark of the style and preferences of the owners. I have …

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Why Flip Houses

Why Flip Houses

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There are many great questions to ask when it comes to real estate investing and one of the many that you should consider if you are thinking of flipping houses for your real estate investment is: why? Why flip houses? It certainly seems as though it’s a great deal of work and it is. It isn’t an easy task to take upon your own shoulders and yet many people around the world purchase houses each and every day for the purpose of flipping those houses. Why? Profit is the long and the short answer but it goes much deeper than that for many who are interested in flipping houses even if profit is the ultimate goal.

Some people really enjoy working with their hands. Purchasing a property in need of light cosmetic repairs and retouches is a great way to get your hands dirty without risking too much money, time or effort. Properties needing more serious work may require a pair of hands that have some degree of experience rather than hands that are best suited for balancing books. That being said if you want to do the work yourself and enjoy the prospect you may find that you can save a great deal of money if you use your own labor rather than paying for the labor of others when it comes to flipping a house.

Other people go into this line of work because the idea of giving a family their dream home …

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Hoop House Greenhouse

Hoop House Greenhouse

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Having a greenhouse will give many benefits to a gardener, whether he is a mere hobbyist or an expert plant cultivator. However, there are many things to consider in having a greenhouse, not to mention the expenses that come with building greenhouses.

A good alternative is to own a hoop house type of greenhouse. These are very simple greenhouses which can be assembled very easily. There are many advantages in having a hoop house greenhouse, here are some of them:

-Availability of more growing time
A hoop house greenhouse provides a gardener more time to cultivate his favorite plants. An extra 3 to 4 months can be extracted for planting more crops in the greenhouse.

-Inexpensive way to cultivate
Hoop house greenhouses provide an inexpensive way to help greenhouse enthusiasts to get started into cultivating crops.

-Crop protection from predators and extreme weather conditions
Hoop house greenhouses are built to protect plants from different adverse conditions which can be brought about by weather conditions and different crop predators. They provide sturdy and efficient covering for the plants against these factors.

-More varieties of plants can be grown
Because hoop houses will allow longer growing seasons, more varieties of plants can be grown in the hoop houses.

-Increased income and savings
One can cultivate different crops which can be equated into additional income or savings. One can actually sell fruits and vegetables which are grown in the hoop houses or can plant crops which can be …

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Tourists Marvel At Miniature Museum Masterpieces

Tourists Marvel At Miniature Museum Masterpieces

There are museums that feature miniatures located all over the country. While many are larger museums that choose to display miniature amongst their other exhibits, there are a few that exclusively have miniature houses, miniature dolls and miniature furniture.

The Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis is one such place. Created in 1989, the museum provides a hosting site for educational events of cultural relevance. In addition to its displays, The Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis conducts workshops for hobbyists of all skill levels and abilities. Builders of miniature houses may also be interested in the “miniatures only” garage sale hosted here every year.

Located for many years within the Knott’s Berry Farm complex, Motts Miniatures is now located nearby in Fullerton, California. This historic company, founded by the Mott Family in 1911, features an extensive collection of miniature houses and miniature dolls. Allegra Mitchell’s fascination with miniature dolls began with ones that she would collect from Cracker Jack boxes. A few years later, after she had married a young man named DeWitt Mott, they began to share their love of miniature houses and DeWitt started to make them. Though the museum has had hard time staying open since leaving the Knott’s Berry farm facility, the shop that sells miniature supplies is still open and operational.

The Museum of Miniature Houses, located in Carmel, Indiana is a great place to view private collections and to attend events pertaining to miniature houses and the …

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When traveling to Europe on an extended vacation one of your biggest concerns is going to be where you’ll stay

When traveling to Europe on an extended vacation one of your biggest concerns is going to be where you’ll stay

The reason many people decide to go this route begins with the cost factor. If you are traveling abroad with your entire family you are probably already well aware of the extra costs you’ll incur at most hotels. The majority of hotel chains, as well as independent hotels, add on extra person charges for each person, for every night of your stay. This can add up quickly. When you look at country houses to rent, the price quoted is typically the cost for an entire family.

Another benefit of this type of vacation rental is the added room and privacy. One drawback with many hotels is that you can hear everything that is going on in the rooms next to yours. This can be distracting as well as frustrating if people are talking loudly or playing music in the late evening. With country houses to rent, you’ll typically stay in a single family dwelling, just as you would at home. This is why they are often referred to as your “home away from home.”

Some companies that offer these types of accommodations have an option of providing a full staff for the house. Obviously this is going to cost more than it would were you to just rent the home, but think about the benefits of having a local staff on hand. Not only will they take care of your …

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Housing your Canine Friend: Chose the Perfect Dog House

Housing your Canine Friend: Chose the Perfect Dog House

Dogs have been one of the most popular house pets from ages and taking care of a dog involves showing him proper care and attention to all of his needs and housing is one of the primary needs of every animal. When it comes to dog houses, you can find many adequate solutions to take proper care of your dog’s housing necessities while keeping to you budget, if that is an issue.

Dog houses can be interior or exterior, depending on the type of habitation you have, dog houses can be located inside your own home or outside it.
They can also be all of shapes and materials. The most popular exterior dog houses are simple wooden ones, simply composed by four walls a roof and a door. Cement dog houses have been widely used as well and have been very popular means of dog housing for years as aluminium ones have but both have proven to be very inefficient dog houses since they both were not comfortable for the pet.
Cement dog houses have proven to be very cold during winter while aluminium dog houses are extremely hot in the sunny weather making those two options a very cruel way to house your canine friend.

Nowadays the most popular and efficient option for exterior dog houses is still wooden or, if you fancy luxury dog houses or want to make a custom one, you can build your dog a super …

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Many people are in the process of looking for the perfect retirement home

Many people are in the process of looking for the perfect retirement home

There are many things to consider when looking at building a home for retirement. The design of houses for raising a family may not fit well into the lifestyle of an aging population. In the recent past the designs of houses have included multiple levels. These became popular due to energy costs as well as smaller lots in housing developments. The multiple levels can accommodate more people and still provide for a decent size yard. As people age they are less likely to want the designs of houses that include going up and downs stairs. For retirement years having laundry rooms on the main floor and one level living is much more desirable. The one level designs for houses were popular in the fifties and sixties with the rambler. Many of us most likely grew up in a rambler designed home and then moved into a multilevel house to raise our family. Now we are coming full circle and are looking for the convenience of one level living once again. The challenge is finding a contractor that is willing to switch from the multi level designs of houses to one level living.

There are many patio homes that are being built in adult communities. These are communities that are designed for people over fifty five that do not have children. They are similar to condominiums because there are association fees to pay and the yard work and …

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Design of Ancient Greece Houses

Design of Ancient Greece Houses

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Most ancient Greece Houses were made of stone and clay. These houses could have one or two levels. The floors, walls and ceilings were made out of tiles or pebbles. Mosaics were also formed to have a more elegant design in the house. With the use of colored pebbles, and arranging them to form a desired pattern, different mosaics were created.

The main consideration in the layout of these ancient Greece houses is their courtyards. High walls were built with a strong gate for defense. Wooden furniture was available, which were decorated accordingly with their art styles during the time.

Ancient Greece houses differ for the different classes in society. Those on the lower class would have quite simple houses, compared to the rich that had not only more rooms but with some form of art decorations as well.

For more wealthy ancient Greeks, they could have two courtyards, one for use by the men, and the other for the women. The Andronitis was where the guests would first find themselves as they enter the house. This is the part of the ancient Greece houses where the family would have their meals, share stories, and where the women would do the weaving and sewing. A small shrine of Zeus is usually place in the center of this part of the house.

From the Andronitis was the Andron or what is called as the men’s dining room. Dinner parties and other activities in the …

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Finding a New House

Finding a new house

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The adventure of moving home generally starts properly when you look for a new house.

Moving home, though stressful can be a very rewarding experience, but its important to keep several things in mind when moving. These can include the welfare and comfort of your children, the support structure you’ll have when you move (are you moving nearer your family, further away from your family?), ease of commute to your job, schools and more.

Children usually feel moves the most, as they often find it hard to settle into new environments and like, above all else, security, and safety. If the move is in relation to a family separation, it’s important to include them in the process where at all possible, and ensure their voices are heard when picking a house.
Often you can research amenities, such as local shops, schools, leisure areas and more online, which may ease the burden of investigating all of that personally. Highly rated amenities should make it easier to choose between two areas, but its also important to consider what you’re looking for in an area.
Your job too plays a huge part in picking a house – can you easily travel to your place of work, and more importantly, is the area able to offer a similar job, should the worst happen?

You can also balance isolation and city life with what you prefer – if you prefer a quieter pace of life, its better to …

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Ancient Greece Houses

Ancient Greece Houses

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If you were born in the time of ancient Greece, what would your house have looked like?
Would your social status have made any difference in the kind of house you lived in?

Ancient Greece houses differ according to one’s status in society. Rich people lived in houses that are different from those who are poor. Obviously, the poor man’s house is very plain as opposed to that of the rich man’s.

Generally, ancient Greece houses were designed to contain a courtyard in the center. Wealthy Greeks mostly have two courtyards. One courtyard is for the men’s use, while the other is for the women’s. Ancient Greece houses for the rich were made up of several rooms. Guests of these houses would enter to find the andronitis. This is a huge courtyard meant for the men. The family often would often spend their time here, with the women weaving and sewing, as they listen to the men talking. The women, however, are made to go to their own quarters when guests came. The andronitis usually housed a mini shrine of Zeus in its center. This courtyard was also mostly surrounded by storage rooms, or the sleeping quarters of the slaves and the male children of the family.

The andronitis then lead to the andron, or the dining room for men. This was the part of the ancient Greece houses where dinner parties and other social gatherings for the male guests were held. These gatherings are …

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Wooden houses


A house is the abode of the human kind.
A house is a place where people unwind after a hard day of work, relax and are just themselves. In a house there is no stretch and deadlines to be met. Owning a house is every man’s dream and a large part of one’s income is invested in buying a house for the family and own self.

A house is a life time investment.

A house is built basically of bricks, stones, chips, cement and of wood .yes there also exists wooden houses. Like the regular brick and cement houses wooden houses are also built on a laid plan but are not as concrete as the former one.

Wooden houses are generally found in the hills and in the cooler climates. Tropical or rainy climate is not suitable for the construction of wooden houses. In cold and dry weather countries wooden houses are more common than in tropical countries where wooden houses will be a mere waste of money.
Wooden houses are built with planks of wood joined together. Their plan and layout is technically different from that of the brick houses. Their floorings and walls are also done up of wood .The cost of maintenance wooden houses is much higher than the maintenance of concrete houses.

Wooden houses are generally built in the area which are prone to earth quakes and land slides. That is because wooden houses cause less damage to life and property if a natural calamity …

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