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Where are you going?Depending on your destination and the type of pet you have, it might be possible to bring your animal friend along. Pet friendly hotels, bed-and-breakfasts and rental homes are all ways that allow you to keep you and your pet together during vacation. If you don't have the money to spend on expensive hotels, you could try out campgrounds or staying with a friend or relative in the area. There are also websites designed for couch-surfing that sometimes allow pets.
What's your pet's personality?We hold pets to a pretty high social standard. If someone scooped you up and took you to a strange place away from your family for a week you might be a little nervous, right? Your pet is no different. Depending on your pet's comfort level, boarding could be an option. However, it's a good idea to test this out for just a night before going away on a long vacation. Similarly, you could try having your pet stay at a friend or relative's house for a sleepover to gauge their reaction. Training and conditioning could be all it takes to help your pet feel comfortable away from you or your home while you're on vacation.
Calling in a sitterA less expensive option to boarding your pet is to have a pet sitter stay at your home while you're away. Odds are you might have a teenager or college aged relative who wouldn't mind having your home to themselves for a week to get away from their parents and siblings. If you aren't lucky enough to have a relative who's up to the job, you can almost definitely find someone on pet sitter websites or on Craigslist. People who work from home, or college students are often happy to stay at your place and watch your pets for a small fee. They get free TV and WiFi for a week, and you get the assurance that your pet and home is being taken care of; everyone wins. If you're worried about leaving your pet with a stranger, don't worry--we understand. Fortunately, most sites come with references and testimonials and you can always meet your pet sitter in person before handing them the keys to your home.
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From clogged toilets to a lack of ample shower time, there’s always an issue of too many people and too little bathrooms in a home. Most people will agree that one bathroom isn’t enough in a home. Yet, while you’re on the hunt for a home, should you decide to just settle for a single bathroom or keep hunting for a house with more bathrooms? There is always the additional option of putting in another bathroom as well, although this can be costly.
In today’s fast-paced world, we have new bathroom needs that make us look at properties differently. Different cultures are also accustomed to varying standards of bathrooms and home building, and find it a normalcy to have only one bathroom. Also, once upon a time, it was feasible for everyone to have people take their turn in the bathroom-even in America. As the family unit shifted and everyone in the house became accustomed to living on the same exact schedules, it became more necessary to have an extra bathroom.
Age Of A Home
While you can survive with one bathroom, the biggest message one bathroom in a home sends is that it’s an older property. That may be the underlying factor that steers people away from one bathroom homes. Many realtors even warn of the difficulties in selling a one bathroom home. Ultimately, the decision is up to you. There’s some things that you should consider when you’re searching for a home and are concerned about the number of bathrooms.
How Many Bathrooms Will You Actually Use?
If you’re a bachelor, living on your own, you may not need more than one full bathroom in a home. For comfort reasons, you could consider places with an additional half-bath, but it may not be necessary. If you’re planning on co-living with your in-laws or friends, you’ll definitely need to consider your need for multiple private baths high.
If you can afford the upfront cost, it could be well worth it to put a second bathroom into a one bathroom home. It will add a lot of value to the home once it is sold again and your family will have more privacy and space. Not to mention that your home will be more attractive to buyers once the time to sell does come.
Homes with extra bathrooms are truly seen as a luxury. Have you ever seen celebrity homes advertised that have more bathrooms than there are bedrooms? There’s probably little reason for that other than the luxury factor. Ultimately, your home search will be a bit harder when you seek out multiple bathrooms. However, if this will increase you and your family’s comfort, the time spent searching is definitely worth it! When you’re on the house hunt, the number and type of bathrooms are just one of many things that you’ll need to consider.
Dean J. Christon, Executive Director
The trend continues in New Hampshire’s housing market: a relatively low inventory of homes for sale, particularly in the entry-level range; higher prices for homes that are for sale; and a rental market with low availability of units and increasing rents. To some degree, this trend reflects positives like low unemploymentv and rising home prices.
The data also indicate that finding affordable housing is an ongoing challenge for buyers and renters. This is of concern because our housing market needs to be responsive to shifts in the state’s demographics and economy. An adequate housing supply supports business growth and enables the state’s economy to grow.
The data show that over the past year, much remains the same about New Hampshire’s housing market. In more densely populated counties like Hillsborough, Merrimack and Rockingham – where most of the state’s businesses are located – home prices continue to rise. In those areas and statewide, the inventory of homes for sale has decreased and in active markets the lack of inventory likely is slowing the pace of sales. While interest rates are still low, it is likely that they will slowly increase over the next year.
Potential entry-level homebuyers are contending with a low inventory of homes near employment opportunities. Their efforts to buy a home may be challenged by high student debt, stagnant wages, and stricter lending requirements for mortgages. And, young professionals and older individuals who are downsizing their households often are competing for similarly sized, priced and located houses and rental units.
The state’s tight housing market is reflected in the rental market as well as homes for sale. Many low- to moderate-income households continue to rent because there’s a scarcity of affordable homes to buy. This is seen in the low vacancy rate for rentals: this year it stands at 1.4% for two-bedroom units (4% to 5% is considered a balanced market). The relative strength of demand in this sector leads to higher rents. For renters, this means they pay a higher percentage of their household incomes for housing, affecting both affordability and housing choice for many households.
The 2017 New Hampshire Housing survey of the Granite State’s residential rental units found the statewide median gross rent of $1,263 (including utilities) for two-bedroom units increased over 4% since 2016 – the fourth year in a row that rents increased. Addressing this clear need for a balanced and adequate supply of housing requires an ongoing commitment from both the public and private sectors. A critical aspect of meeting New Hampshire’s housing demand is having regulatory and other public policies in place that allow reasonable opportunities for housing development. Having a range of housing choices supports a strong and growing economy.
New Hampshire Housing last year increased access to mortgage funding for low- and moderate-income homebuyers, helping about 2,000 households become homeowners. The Authority also financed the creation or rehabilitation of more than 500 high-quality affordable rental units for working families and seniors, and provided direct rental assistance to thousands of very low-income households. This translates to an investment in the state’s economy of almost $700 million last year.
New Hampshire Housing is committed to being innovative and working with partners to provide housing to meet the needs of our state’s residents and businesses, and to support a vibrant and growing economy.