united states – Mino Warabi http://mino-warabi.com/ Sat, 26 Mar 2022 04:56:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://mino-warabi.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png united states – Mino Warabi http://mino-warabi.com/ 32 32 15 Fabulous Siesta Key Vacation Rentals for Your Florida Beach Getaway https://mino-warabi.com/15-fabulous-siesta-key-vacation-rentals-for-your-florida-beach-getaway/ Sun, 13 Mar 2022 15:12:49 +0000 https://mino-warabi.com/15-fabulous-siesta-key-vacation-rentals-for-your-florida-beach-getaway/

Home to the best beach in the United States, Siesta Key is ideal for a beach vacation for the whole family. Not only does it feature powdery white sand beaches made of quartz, this gulf-side barrier island also offers everything from kayaking and boating to daytime dining and drinking. Spend the day shelling, then savor a succulent crab as you watch the stellar sunset. This island paradise is not a well-kept secret, so finding a good place to stay can be difficult. That’s why we painstakingly combed through Siesta Key Vrbo listings to find the perfect vacation rental for your Florida beach getaway.

Whether you want to stay in the heart of Siesta Key Villagewith its variety of casual restaurants, tropical bars and live entertainment, or if you prefer to stay further off the beaten track, we’ve found some fabulous Siesta Key vacation rentals for your stay in the Sunshine State.

  1. Bayside Condo

  2. This first floor condo is part of the Gulf & Bay Club Bayside gated community on the Florida side of Siesta Key. The accommodation has a closed terrace which overlooks a pond. Community facilities include two heated swimming pools, two tennis courts, a fishing pier and a clubhouse with a dry sauna and gym. Enjoy access to the large private beach, which is just a five minute walk across the street. Beach chairs, toys, towels, an umbrella and a cart are provided. Parking is also provided in the attached garage.

    Bedrooms: 2

    Bathrooms : 2

    Sleeping: 6

    Minimum night: Varied

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  3. Crescent Arms Condo

  4. Crescent Arms Condo

    This two bedroom condo is nestled in the gated community of Crescent Arms, which sits on the Gulf of Mexico just north of the Stickney Point Bridge. The sugar-white sands of Crescent Beach can be seen from its enclosed veranda.

    Bedrooms: 2

    Bathrooms : 2

    Sleeping: 6

    Minimum night: 7

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  5. Siesta Key Village Tiki Apartment

  6. Siesta Key Village Tiki Apartment

    This centrally located condo is just one block from Siesta Key Village and the beach is also within walking distance. Its fun and colorful pool includes tiki bars. This pet-friendly place is perfect for people who want to bring their pup.

    Bedrooms: 2

    Bathrooms : 2

    Sleeping: 4

    Minimum night: Varied

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  7. Siesta Key Village Apartment

  8. Siesta Key Village Apartment

    Nestled in the heart of Siesta Key Village, one block from Ocean Boulevard, this two bedroom apartment is part of the Village West complex. Community amenities include a heated swimming pool and a reserved parking space. The beach is just a minute walk away. You don’t even need to bring beach chairs, they are already waiting for you at the beach! A beach cart and cooler are provided. Take the free cart or one of the “tip only” golf cart shuttles to experience upscale restaurants, shopping and nightlife in the village.

    Bedrooms: 2

    Bathrooms : 2

    Sleeping: 8

    Minimum night: Varied

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  9. House On Grand Canal With Swimming Pool

  10. House On Grand Canal With Swimming Pool

    Located on the Grand Canal, this four-bedroom vacation rental is on a quiet street in a very pleasant neighborhood. Spend your time lounging by the secluded private pool or take a short walk to the beach. Several bikes, a few beach chairs, umbrellas, a cooler, plenty of beach toys, and plenty of beach towels are provided. Siesta Key Village is minutes away.

    Bedrooms: 4

    Bathrooms : 3.5

    Sleeping: 8

    Minimum night: 14

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  11. Canal house with swimming pool

  12. Canal house with swimming pool

    Located along the canal in a quiet, upscale neighborhood, this four-bedroom vacation rental features a private splash pool in an enclosed veranda. Plenty of parking spaces are provided in the garage and driveway. There is also a private area to launch a kayak. Siesta Key beach is within walking distance and the village of Siesta Key is approximately a 15 minute walk away.

    Bedrooms: 4

    Bathrooms : 3.5

    Sleeping: 8

    Minimum night: Varied

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  13. The beautiful siesta

  14. The beautiful siesta

    Nestled among century-old oak trees, this three-bedroom vacation rental sits across from a private school in a safe and quiet neighborhood. This peaceful retreat features a heated saltwater pool in a screened-in patio. The village of Siesta Key is within walking distance. Note: Home can only be rented once per 30 days due to zoning restrictions.

    Bedrooms: 3

    Bathrooms : 2

    Sleeping: 8

    Minimum night: 7

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  15. Beach House With Pool

  16. Beach House With Pool

    We don’t know which is better, the fact that this house has a private pool and jacuzzi, whether it is located on the Grand Canal or two blocks from the famous beaches of white sands of Siesta Key. Oh, and it’s walking distance to Siesta Key Village!

    Rent a boat or a jet ski and shoot to the back of this dream vacation home. It also offers easy access to beautiful areas for walking, running or biking. Take in views of the pool and the Grand Canal from two of its three balconies. Plenty of parking spaces are also available.

    Bedrooms: 3

    Bathrooms : 3

    Sleeping: 8

    Minimum night: Varied

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  17. Casa De Siesta

  18. Casa De Siesta

    Casa De Siesta is perfect for a pair of families traveling together as it is a combination of two units that can accommodate a total of 12 people. A dog up to 25 pounds is also allowed for a fee. Out back there’s everything your group needs to have fun in the South Florida sun, including a pool, hot tub, outdoor dining table, grill and lounge chairs . The rental also includes everything you’ll need for a day at the beach: a cooler, beach towels, a cart and beach chairs, which is good because the beach is steps away. The village of Siesta Key is also within walking distance.

    Bedrooms: 4

    Bathrooms : 3

    Sleeping: 12

    Minimum night: Varied

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  19. Sun Castle

  20. Sun Castle

    Just a block and a half from the powdery white sands and turquoise Gulf of Mexico waters of Siesta Key Beach, this spacious four-bedroom home sleeps 11. From the master bedroom, a balcony offers a partial ocean view – the perfect place to sip a margarita and watch the sun set over the water. Relax by the heated saltwater pool with waterfall. An outdoor shower makes it easy to rinse off the beach. Plus, Siesta Key Village is just a few blocks away.

    Bedrooms: 4

    Bathrooms : 3

    Sleeping: 11

    Minimum night: 7

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  21. Siesta Key Townhouse

  22. Siesta Key Townhouse

    Not only does this townhouse have a private pool, but it is also less than a five minute walk to Siesta Key Beach and Siesta Key Village. Beach towels and chairs are provided. Between the garages and the driveway there is parking for up to four cars. Take the tip-only shuttle service around the key. Discounts on bike rentals, kayaks, paddleboards, and boat tours are also offered.

    Bedrooms: 4

    Bathrooms : 2.5

    Sleeping: 12

    Minimum night: Varied

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  23. House With Private Pool

  24. House With Private Pool

    Located in a quiet neighborhood just away from the village and the beach, this Siesta Key vacation rental sits on the corner of two canals. It offers direct access to the gulf, which is nice because it comes with a tandem kayak for guest use. Watch the boats come in and out of the pool and keep an eye out for ospreys and great white egrets that roam the property’s lush landscape. Walk down the street to see the sun set over the gulf, then head to a restaurant for dinner.

    Bedrooms: 4

    Bathrooms : 4

    Sleeping: 8

    Minimum night: 7

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  25. House On Canal With Pool

  26. House On Canal With Pool

    Steps from Siesta Key Beach, this four-bedroom vacation home sits on historic Cape Leyte Drive. Watch the sun go down from the pool and hot tub. For those traveling with small children, this rental provides a crib, stroller, toys, books, board games, toddler bike with training wheels, and helmets. There is also a beach cart, fishing rods and a bicycle trailer.

    Bedrooms: 4

    Bathrooms : 3.5

    Sleeping: 8

    Minimum night: Varied

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  27. Canal House With Pool

  28. Canal House With Pool

    Located on the beautiful network of canals, this Siesta Key vacation rental is perfect for those planning to bring or rent a boat, as you can pull it right up to the house. This five bedroom home also has a heated swimming pool. Siesta Village and the beach are within walking distance, but if you prefer to drive to the beach, the host has a parking space on the beach for guests. Two tenants share the property and parking but do not have access to the yard, pool, house or canal.

    Bedrooms: 5

    Bathrooms : 5

    Sleeping: ten

    Minimum night: 7

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  29. Siesta Key Village Home With Pool

  30. Siesta Key Village Home With Pool

    We saved the best for last! This seven-bedroom vacation rental will set you back a pretty penny, but you can share it with up to 17 other people. Offer Over 3,000 square feet of outdoor space, this vacation home features a heated pool with a waterslide and beach entrance, sun shelf, and hot tub. Gulf views can be seen from multiple levels, including the rooftop deck. There is even an elevator!

    Located in the heart of Siesta Key Village, this home is just a few houses from the beach. Beach towels and beach chairs are included, as is parking for up to four cars. Everything – including the beach, restaurants and shops – is just a one minute walk from this great location. It can even accept pets for an additional fee.

    Bedrooms: 7

    Bathrooms : 7.5

    Sleeping: 18

    Minimum night: Varied

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Oregon Treehouse Rentals: The 11 Best on Airbnb https://mino-warabi.com/oregon-treehouse-rentals-the-11-best-on-airbnb/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://mino-warabi.com/oregon-treehouse-rentals-the-11-best-on-airbnb/

Treehouses are cool. It’s just a fact. And an excuse to spend a night in one? Well, that suits us perfectly.

Add in Oregon’s scenic coastline, epic national parks, prominent mountains with world-class ski runs, serene hiking and horseback riding trails in every direction, and welcoming small towns, and you’ve got nowhere. no excuse not to visit one of Oregon’s Top 11 Treehouses. Especially when you take a closer look at the evolution of treehouses in recent years, they are no longer those basic structures you used to build in your garden when you were a child. They have become so much more. Today, saying that we are going to spend the night in a treehouse has taken on a whole new meaning.

With touches ranging from modern to rustic, from being perched by a lake to nestled atop a mountain, sleeping two to six, with a sauna, fire pit, hot tub or zip line, few no matter what you thought a tree house could or should look like, the reality is that they are so much better than you could ever even imagine. And it’s not just in Oregon where sleeping in trees has taken off. We think these treehouse vacation rentals across the United States are great too. (If you’d rather stay in the northwest, check out these Washington treehouse vacation rentals.)

But, all of this makes us wonder, what is it like sleeping in the trees that makes our adventurous hearts beat?

Two Colonial owners in Binghamton face felony charges https://mino-warabi.com/two-colonial-owners-in-binghamton-face-felony-charges/ Wed, 23 Feb 2022 21:45:04 +0000 https://mino-warabi.com/two-colonial-owners-in-binghamton-face-felony-charges/

Binghamton police say two owners of a popular downtown bar have been arrested following an investigation into a November incident.

Authorities announced late Wednesday afternoon that Yaron Kweller, 41, of Vestal, has been charged with felony third-degree rape. They said Jordan Rindgen, 33, of Binghamton, has been charged with two counts of felony selling a controlled substance.

Kweller and Rindgen were arraigned in Binghamton City Court and released.

City detectives said the alleged incident happened Nov. 27 at 141 Washington Street.

Police said the incident is still under investigation and another arrest is expected.

People with information can contact city detectives at (607) 772-7080.

Detectives said the police department worked on the investigation in conjunction with the Broome County District Attorney’s Office, which recommended the charges.

In a statement released Wednesday evening, Mayor Jared Kraham said: “With today’s arrests, I want to be clear – our community will not tolerate sexual assault anywhere, anytime by anyone. These accusations are serious and more than disturbing.”

News of the alleged incident first circulated on social media. Police initially declined to comment on the case, although Detective Captain Cory Minor issued a press release on December 10 confirming that an investigation was underway.

Earlier today, Yaron Kweller returned a phone call from WNBF News seeking comment on the situation, but he declined to discuss it. When asked when the Colonial and two other downtown restaurants would reopen, he said “no comment on anything” and hung up.

The following evening, a large crowd of people marched through the downtown business district and staged a protest outside The Colonial and the nearby Dos Rios Cantina restaurant. Some participants spoke about the allegations and their concern about the police investigation.

The entrance to the Colonial after a protest on Dec. 11, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The entrance to the Colonial after a protest on Dec. 11, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Contact Bob Joseph, WNBF News reporter: bob@wnbf.com.

For the latest story development news and updates, follow @BinghamtonNow on Twitter.

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Quality has become the engine of vacation rentals https://mino-warabi.com/quality-has-become-the-engine-of-vacation-rentals/ Mon, 21 Feb 2022 10:32:24 +0000 https://mino-warabi.com/quality-has-become-the-engine-of-vacation-rentals/

Last month, Sonder announced its valuation and public market debut. The vacation rental industry has been eagerly waiting to see when this will materialize, ever since Airbnb’s IPO has prompted investors to sit up and really take notice of short-term rentals.

On the consumer side, changing travel behavior has helped short-term rentals continue to overtake other types of accommodations as the preferred method of travel. But with this popularity now comes a host of opportunities and challenges.

When you sum this up, it all comes down to “quality”. It’s going to be a major force in the vacation rental industry in 2022, and here we explain why.

Meet expectations with quality

Expectations for short-term rental experiences have been tested amid the pandemic. Many consumers, who traditionally stayed in hotels, have flocked to the privacy, space and flexibility that vacation rentals offer.

Expectations for hotel and vacation rental experiences are of course not a new dynamic, as consumers were already cross-purchasing for the two types of accommodations, vacation rentals mimicked the customer service typically coined by hotels and hotel brands were investing in vacation rentals. wallets.

It’s no surprise that Sonder, for example, has become so popular: it marries the conveniences of short-term rental space with the standardization and comfort of hotels.

For vacation rentals, premium linens and a transparent booking process are no longer differentiators, but the foundation of what hosts and operators should offer.

The attributes that will define quality in 2022 have instead become cleanliness, additional amenities, improved communication and security. Vacation rentals are more confident in setting their own brand standards and delivering predictable service for a five-star guest experience.

Supply challenges and impact on quality

The demand for short-term rentals in the United States is expected to increase by 14.1% in 2022but that the number of available ads is still 9% below 2019 levels.

Laws and regulations can promote quality in industry, while improving the quality of industry can mitigate or appease laws and regulations.

Jeremy Gall – Breezeway

It is likely that we will see new inventory coming from new hosts, fueled by the accessibility of self-management via OTAs and the low interest rate environment.

This is validated by what we see, as smaller operators more quickly understand the importance of automating operations to differentiate the quality of their inventory and the personalized service they can provide.

But what does the rise of the “hobbyist” mean for customer experience? Does it become more personal or more unpredictable?

I would say it’s both.

There are amazing hosts who will put 110% care and attention into creating a unique and welcoming experience for their guests.

Yet there will be others who register on OTAs who inevitably may not meet the high standards demanded by consumers and which professionals can meet.

This unpredictability can be a challenge for OTAs who want to attract only the best properties to their platforms.

Quality as a marketing tool

OTAs therefore place more importance on the quality of their inventory, highlighting the quality accommodations that consumers covet when looking for stays.

The quality service provided by a manager and the backend efficiencies made possible by technology discussed earlier should be marketed in their listings to silence the noise. Providing marketing services through OTAs will also create a competitive environment that enforces industry standards and improves overall quality.

A rising tide lifts all boats.

Technology at the service of quality

Investments in travel startups are expected to top $40 billion in 2022, with record investments in technology solutions fueling the short-term rental industry.

There are now a seemingly endless number of tools that can help property owners and managers improve their operations.

Embracing technology and compiling an agile technology stack is one of the most optimized ways to deliver quality customer experience and quality backend operations.

According to our survey data, scheduling and assigning property maintenance tasks, as well as coordinating work with crews, were the two biggest operational challenges for vacation rental operators this year. last. Yet 57% still rely on manual workarounds and generic task management tools like spreadsheets. and calendars.

These inefficiencies signal room for improvement. Technology will help optimize and enable quality work and, in turn, improve in-room experiences. As API connections also become richer between various tools, technology will continue to help elevate the industry higher.

Quality as a forcing function

With demand and growth comes ever-increasing regulatory pressure. While the heightened exposure of short-term rentals has boosted both supply and demand, it has also put us in the regulatory spotlight harder – in a way that has never been before.

The demand for quality can be two-way: laws and regulations can promote quality in industry, while improving the quality of industry can mitigate or appease laws and regulations.

The result of further regulatory scrutiny could be a commitment by vacation rental operators to preventative maintenance and guest safety programs. Of course, professional managers and small hosts can implement their own quality-focused processes to stay regulatory-free and continue doing what they do best: delivering exceptional guest experiences.

As the vacation rental industry (and therefore the short-term rental industry) continues to grow and progress, quality is a common denominator that every professional owner, host or manager can work towards collectively.

* Check out this interview with Gall, recorded for the How I Got Here podcast in June 2021.

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Bunkies offer insight into the viability of short-term rentals https://mino-warabi.com/bunkies-offer-insight-into-the-viability-of-short-term-rentals/ Mon, 07 Feb 2022 12:05:00 +0000 https://mino-warabi.com/bunkies-offer-insight-into-the-viability-of-short-term-rentals/

Over the years, a number of major cities across Canada have begun enforcing regulations that crack down on short-term rental activity. In Toronto, for example, new rules that entered into force in 2020 ensure that people can only list their primary residence as a short-term rental. Other cities like Vancouver and Ottawa have similar requirements.

According to David Wachsmuth, Canada Research Chair in Urban Governance and associate professor at McGill University in Montreal, these rules aim to address some of the negative impacts of dedicated short-term rentals on local housing markets. This includes concerns about the availability of housing.

“Municipalities are leaning very heavily towards regulations that want to limit short-term rentals to people’s primary residences, which says roommate is good – if you’re away for the weekend or have a bedroom friends, you should rent it out, it’s a positive-sum business,” he told CTVNews.ca in a Thursday phone interview. “But if you want to take housing off the market and exploit what’s actually a hotel, it shouldn’t be allowed.”

In fact, Wachsmuth said there is clear evidence that running full-time, short-term rental operations helps reduce the number of homes on the market and reduces the supply of affordable housing.

“Dedicated short-term rentals put non-local visitors in competition with local residents for this housing supply,” he said. “If you reduce the amount of available housing but you don’t reduce the demand for that supply of housing, prices go up.

“The more short-term rentals, the higher the prices.”

One company that offers a unique solution to this problem is Bunkie Life. Based just outside of Erin, Ontario, Bunkie Life sells DIY kits used to make small log cabins that can be assembled in days. These cabins, typically located on cottage or home properties and used as additional storage space, can be converted into tiny homes ideal for short term stays. Bunkie Life’s kits range from around 99 to 225 square feet, with prices as low as around $5,500 and as high as $20,000.

“Everyone loves the smell of wood and the feeling of being in a log cabin, there’s something very human and very earthy about it,” Bunkie Life co-founder David Fraser said during an interview. a video call with CTVNews.ca on Tuesday. “You are almost in the environment rather than in the house, looking out the window at the environment.”

Founded in 2017 by Fraser and his wife, Karrie, both started the business by building their own bunkies and placing them on short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb, renting them out to others as space to life for extra money. After seeing demand from customers looking to buy bunkies themselves, Fraser turned to producing DIY kits for anyone looking to build their own, he said.

“A lot of our customers have purchased bunkies and they use them for Airbnbs at their cottage or Airbnbs at their various properties across Canada,” said Fraser, who explained that many others have gone down a similar path buying their own. bunkie. kits, assemble the cabins and rent them out to others as an additional source of income.

Bunkies, like those offered by Bunkie Life, are a unique solution to the problems many cities face with short-term rentals, Wachsmuth said. Considering that they do not interfere with housing supply and avoid direct competition with long-term residents while allowing residents to earn money, the result is a win-win situation, he said. he declares.

“The idea of ​​the bunkie is really interesting and represents something a little closer to the spirit of house sharing,” he said. “I am very convinced that [for] the future viability of short-term rentals, Airbnb as a platform and other players in this space as well… that’s what the short-term rental market will need to look like.


According to a Press release from Airbnb on February 3, Canadian hosts have earned $7.1 billion from the rental platform since 2010. As of April 30, 2021, the average amount of money earned by each host who hosted at least one guest on the previous year was $9,600. New Airbnb hosts, in particular, have earned $6 billion since the pandemic began. Of all listings that were booked in Q3 2021, half received their first booking within three days of activation.

“A lot of Canadians have really had to embrace something entrepreneurial since the start of the pandemic in order to make ends meet,” Airbnb spokesman Matt McNama told CTVNews.ca on a call Thursday. video. “[Hosting] has been an economic lifeline for many Canadians.

Not only has the pandemic impacted personal finances, but it has also led to a change in travel behavior, McNama said. The rise of remote work has allowed working life and travel to converge, he said, allowing more people to explore rural communities.

“Travel has become a lot more local and hyperlocal than it used to be, and people like David and Karrie have really shown how you can take advantage of that,” he said. “There are people from all over Canada coming to visit Erin, Ontario, instead of going to the United States or going overseas to Europe.

“What we’re really talking about here is a travel revolution.”

Fraser said he’s noticing a similar trend. Much of his company’s clientele includes family-oriented people who typically live in cities but also have a second home or cottage in a rural area, he said, and the COVID-19 pandemic played an important role in increasing the appeal of a cabin in the woods. Recent data compiled by Statistics Canada also demonstrates that more Canadians have moved away from urban centers during the pandemic and instead headed to smaller communities.

“The lure of going out [of the city] is definitely expanding exponentially,” Fraser said, pointing out that more and more people are confined to their homes due to the restrictions. “People are moving out of cities if they can, they’re buying land or cabins, or they’re moving into their cabin full-time and just selling their place in the suburbs.”


Fraser said the surge of people who have started exploring more rural areas across the country is part of a trend he expects to continue after the pandemic subsides. Since last year, Bunkie Life has sold 1,000 bunkies and Fraser expects the company to sell 1,000 more in 2022 alone, he said. Bunkie kits have already been sold from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland and Labrador.

According to McNama, the pandemic has also impacted the duration of short trips. Canadians using Airbnb are staying in short-term rental properties much longer than before, especially before the pandemic hit.

“The days of us going on weekend trips are over,” he said. “Now we can go for a week, two weeks, three weeks. We can work remotely and live anywhere, and that has really been a game changer. »

McNama also expects this behavior to continue throughout the year, he said.

“It’s absolutely a trend that’s going to continue through 2022, at least,” he said. “There has been a fundamental change in terms of working remotely with the flexibility we have in terms of being able to travel, and that is something that will continue.”

Andrew James Lodge MD on Mistakes All New Dog Owners Should Avoid https://mino-warabi.com/andrew-james-lodge-md-on-mistakes-all-new-dog-owners-should-avoid/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 14:07:34 +0000 https://mino-warabi.com/andrew-james-lodge-md-on-mistakes-all-new-dog-owners-should-avoid/
Andrew James Lodge MD

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 23 million households have adopted a pet. Readers may recall that in the early months of 2020, animal shelters across the country reported that nearly 100% of their animals were adopted. This increase in animal adoptions was linked to the growing number of Americans working from home. While many feared these animals would be rehomed when Americans began returning to the office, that has not been the case as 90% of dogs and 85% of cats adopted during the pandemic have stayed with their new families.

With the further increase in Omicron COVID-19 cases forcing many Americans to quarantine at home, pet adoptions are on the rise again. Although some of these owners have previous experience raising a pet, many Americans who are currently looking to adopt a pet have no prior experience. Labradoodle owner Andrew James Lodge MD knows firsthand the challenges of first-time dog ownership. Although Labradoodles have become one of the most popular breeds in the United States, they are also known as a very energetic breed that can be difficult to train. Through his experience raising Labradoodles, Andrew James Lodge MD has gained valuable insight into common mistakes made by first-time dog owners and how best to avoid them.

Believing how they act in the shelter is their “true” personality

According to the United States Humane Society, 1.6 million dogs are adopted from shelters each year. When inexperienced pet owners go to a shelter to pick out a puppy or dog, they often take different dogs to the playground to get a better idea of ​​their personalities and see if they’re compatible. However, assuming that the personalities of the dogs in the shelter are their personalities for the rest of their lives is a mistake. Most often, shelter dogs are in a depressed or anxious state, having been abandoned by their previous owners, rescued from the streets, or even potentially abused. So the personality a dog exhibits in the shelter will likely be their natural reaction to a stressful environment. Instead, expect to see a dog’s true personality once it has settled into its home environment, between 2 weeks and 4 months after adoption.

For many new owners, adopting a dog that seemed calm and quiet at the shelter only to come home to find that the dog is very energetic can be frustrating. If an owner is looking for a calm temperament in a dog and thinks it would best suit their lifestyle, there are steps they can take before adopting to make sure their dog’s personality fits in well. Before adopting a dog, ask the shelter for as much information as possible about the dog’s previous life situation and research the breed to help determine the most likely personality.

Not establishing house rules in advance

More often than not, when a first-time dog owner brings home their new furry friend, they will walk through the door and immediately leave the dog off-leash to explore their new home. While exploring, the dog may jump on beds, put his paws on the table, counter-surf or have all kinds of problems. Andrew Lodge states that when the dog inevitably does this previously unpunished behavior in front of its owner, the owner becomes frustrated with their new pet. However, whether this happens on the first day or the first few weeks, it will lead to confusion for the dog. To set your dog up for success, Andrew Lodge says you need to start enforcing house rules from day one, which means discussing the rules that will be followed with other members of the household. It is common for first-time dog owners to allow their dog to do an activity for several weeks before deciding that they no longer want the activity allowed. While this is an understandable reaction for new owners, it should be avoided whenever possible.

be inconsistent

Perhaps the biggest mistake dog owners make is breaking their rules and getting frustrated when their new dog doesn’t follow them. We know that all dogs can learn rules; however, dogs will generally struggle with rules that have frequent exceptions. If, for example, an owner does not want his dog to jump on guests who walk through the door, he will have to react negatively if his dog jumps on every person. If an owner likes his dog to jump on him when he enters the door but does not want his dog to jump on another guest, it will probably cause confusion for his dog. Or, if an owner doesn’t want their dog on the couch, they can’t leave their dog on the couch on some nights when watching a movie. The best way to ensure a dog follows a rule every time is to stay consistent; Unfortunately, many first-time dog owners learn this late in their dog’s training.

The best way to avoid inconsistent rules is to make sure everyone in the household agrees on the same rules for the dog and understands the importance of following them. Pets thrive when there is structure inside the home, so make sure all family members agree on when the dog can be rewarded, what furniture the dog is allowed on, and types of food they are allowed to eat.

In the midst of a pandemic, demand for single-family rentals soars https://mino-warabi.com/in-the-midst-of-a-pandemic-demand-for-single-family-rentals-soars/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://mino-warabi.com/in-the-midst-of-a-pandemic-demand-for-single-family-rentals-soars/

Not only does this make the single-family rental home sector attractive as an affordable housing option, but its latest iteration — increasingly backed by institutional investors — is also appealing to millennials and other generations who want more space without the financial burden of owning a home.

Single-family rents have increased by almost 11% nationally in October last year compared to the previous year, according to real estate data firm CoreLogic – a sign that demand is on the rise for this type of product during the pandemic. While Sun Belt cities dominated rent growth, Boston still had the 15th highest increase.

“The big thing right now that’s pretty obvious is just this crazy increase in house prices,” said Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, a research associate at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. “The very low inventory completely prevents people from accessing the property that otherwise would have purchased.”

But several key ingredients of the single-family rental sector are missing in a housing market like Boston. These developments are typically found in the Sun Belt, which stretches from California to North Carolina, where land is widely available and significantly more affordable than in Greater Boston. The conversation about housing development in Greater Boston has also been more about density in recent years and finding ways to build as many new units as possible in a part of the country that is largely already developed.

But don’t rule out its future.

Boston is a city full of college grads struggling with student debt, which doesn’t leave much room to save for a down payment on a first home.

Single-family rental housing might conjure up images of hundreds of single-family homes in a planned community, which has become a very popular vehicle for the development of this sector. But duplex and townhouse rental developments — sometimes called horizontal multifamily projects — are also considered single-family homes because the same tenant occupies all floors of an unstacked unit.

These denser arrangements are best suited to urban and suburban locations where tall apartment or condo towers are unlikely to be approved.

“Nationally, we are seeing the strongest growth for this type of product in Sun Belt markets, where land is abundant and zoning is favorable,” said Kelly Mangold, director of the real estate consulting firm RCLCO. “But even in the northeast regions, there are opportunities to develop single-family rental communities – but perhaps in denser configurations such as terraced houses or horizontal multi-family products.”

The demand for single-family housing appears to thwart housing advocates and the city of Boston’s efforts to address the area’s housing shortage. The city aims to add 69,000 new homes as part of its “Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030” Plan – and it’s much easier to achieve this goal with densely-configured apartment and condo buildings rather than single-family homes.

But don’t wave the white flag of defeat for single-family rentals just yet.

“The pandemic has basically poured gasoline on this change out of urban areas [centers] and out of multi-family apartments”, Richard RossCEO of Quinn Residences, an Atlanta-based single-family home developer, said in December during the National Association of Property Editors conference.

Quinn Residences may be focused on the South, but the urban exodus to suburban housing has been a national trend during the pandemic — a trend that has accelerated hyper-competitive bidding wars in suburban Boston.

Home values ​​in the United States have risen just over 19% in the past year and are expected to rise another 14.3% next year, according to Zillow, a home search website. A low inventory can drive home prices up even further. “The median price of a single-family home in Massachusetts sold in November was $510,000, according to real estate analysis firm The Warren Group – a record high for the month,” Jon Gorey reported for Boston.com. “This marked a 10.9% increase from a year ago and a stunning 30.4% jump from November 2019, when the typical Massachusetts home sold for $391,000.”

The national stock of homes for sale hit an all-time low late last year, according to Redfin, a real estate brokerage network. This also plays out at the local level: “On a given day in November, there were only 3,848 single family homes for sale statewide, according to the Massachusetts Association of Realtors. This marked a 45.5% drop from what was already a tight market in November 2020, when there were 7,058 active listings,” Gorey reported.

This shortage is especially acute in vacation areas like Cape Cod. There were fewer than 300 single-family homes for sale on Cape Cod the first week of this month, according to the Cape Cod & Islands Association of Realtors. This figure surpassed more than 2,700 single-family homes in the same week in 2017.

It’s fuel for developers to consider more rental accommodation, assuming they can get through a planning board.

“There’s this play between supply and demand that suggests high-income renters and some households are simply renting longer because they want to,” Airgood-Obrycki said. “We saw that after the Great Recession.”

Single-family rental demand after the Great Recession was met largely by converting homes for sale into rental units. But the resilience of this type of housing during downturns is prompting US developers to intentionally build homes for the rental market.

According to Walker & Dunlop, purpose-built single-family rental homes currently make up about 5% of all new homes built in the United States. The entire single-family home rental market, which also includes existing homes that have been purchased and then converted to rentals, accounted for nearly 12% of all housing units in the United States at the end of 2019.

It may not seem like much, but the sector is about to take off.

The RCLCO report estimates that an additional 2.5 million single-family homes will be needed over the next decade to meet demand from potential renters who cannot afford a home, who are moving to a new city or who simply want the space a single family home can provide without the requirements of ownership.

Investors are also flocking: Quinn Residences has raised over $750 million in equity groups like Conversant Capital and Monarch Alternative Capital. This is well above the 600 million dollars that the leaders were aiming for.

But popularity and investor interest are not fueling an increase in single-family rental inventory in New England. RCLCO has spotlighted three great single-family rental developments in the area among the handful: Northwest Woods – which includes townhouses – in Norwood and two Connecticut apartment communities with a significant number of townhouses and attached units with individual entrances. The report overlooks others, including Halstead Beverly, which offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom townhouses.

An activity center at Halstead Beverly Townhomes.Gregg Shupe © 2022/©Gregg Shupe 2021/ShupeStudios.

Single-family rental housing isn’t a complete anomaly in Greater Boston, but it’s mostly individual homeowners renting a single-family home. The number of these types of units within the Boston city limits hovered around 5,000 for several years. A City of Boston spokesperson said there were no pending proposals for single-family rental developments.

“A lot of them may be off the market,” said DJ Gendreau, real estate agent at Douglas Elliman Real Estate. “I’ve known a number of them that were investment properties that owners would consider renting out.”

While typical single-family rentals do not create the housing density that advocates are calling for, there are project types that offer much more density than what would be found in a detached single-family rental project in the Sun Belt.

Horizontal multi-family projects and attached single-family developments share similarities with typical apartment or condo developments in terms of unit size, but RCLCO’s Mangold acknowledges that there are benefits as well as challenges in boosting this type of housing in Massachusetts.

“While regulatory and zoning restrictions may impede single-family product type in some locations to promote density, there are also many other jurisdictions where the opposite is the case – including many parts of Massachusetts where single-family use is the only type allowed,” she said.

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Bank of America Balance Assist Lender Review https://mino-warabi.com/bank-of-america-balance-assist-lender-review/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://mino-warabi.com/bank-of-america-balance-assist-lender-review/

Bank of America’s Balance Assist program can provide small, short-term loans to bank customers for a flat fee. The program, created in part to help customers avoid high-interest payday loans, is expected to be available nationwide in early 2022.

  • Access the money almost instantly if you are approved.
  • Pay a single $5 fee for your loan, with no other fees.
  • Build a credit history with on-time payments.

  • You can only borrow up to $500, in $100 increments.
  • You must be able to repay the money and the $5 fee in three equal installments.
  • You must have had a qualified Bank of America checking account for at least one year.

Balance Assist was designed to help Bank of America customers manage their short-term cash flow needs at a lower cost. Customers who meet the bank’s criteria can apply to borrow up to $500 and only pay $5 in fees.

The program could be used to cover an unexpected debt or expense. This type of short-term loan can be an alternative to a payday loan.

Balance Assist allows eligible Bank of America customers to borrow in $100 increments, up to $500. You will complete an online loan application, and if approved, you should receive your funds within minutes.

Every time you borrow money, you pay a flat fee of $5. You then repay your loan and fees in three equal installments over three months.

Bank of America offers this repayment example: If you took out a $100 loan, you would owe a total of $105 and pay $35 at 30, 60, and 90 days.

You will pay a $5 fee each time you borrow through Balance Assist and no other interest or finance charges. Bank of America says these fees translate to an annual percentage rate of between 5.99% and 29.76%, depending on how much you borrow.

Bank of America does not charge overdraft or insufficient funds fees for returned Balance Assist payments, and borrowers will not be charged late fees.

Note: Overdraft protection will be disabled for the account receiving funds from Balance Assist, and this setting cannot be changed as long as you have an active loan. However, your account may still be overdrawn and you may incur a $35 returned item fee for each declined or unpaid transaction.

Bank of America does a credit check, but also takes into account your banking relationship if you have a thin credit history. You will also need to meet the program criteria:

  • You must be a resident of the United States or US territories.
  • You must have a qualified Bank of America checking account with regular monthly deposits for at least one year. A SafeBalance account is not eligible.
  • You must maintain a positive balance in your Bank of America bank account.
  • You cannot have a Balance Assist loan open or a loan in the last 30 days.

Bank of America does not mention a minimum credit score to qualify for Balance Assist, but a credit check is part of the eligibility assessment. If your credit history is limited, your relationship with Bank of America will be considered in the approval decision.

Balance Assist is available in select states and is expected to roll out nationwide by early 2022.

Bank of America, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the largest banks in the United States and receives an A-plus rating from the Better Business Bureau. Trustpilot scores 1.3 out of 5 stars for Bank of America.

Customers with questions or concerns about Balance Assist can call the bank at 800-432-1000.

Balance Assist is an online program. Once you are logged into your Bank of America account, you begin the application process from the website. If your application is approved, loan funds can be advanced to your account within minutes.

]]> Best Hilton Hilton Head Vacation Rentals for Families, Couples and Group Travel https://mino-warabi.com/best-hilton-hilton-head-vacation-rentals-for-families-couples-and-group-travel/ Thu, 23 Dec 2021 14:00:47 +0000 https://mino-warabi.com/best-hilton-hilton-head-vacation-rentals-for-families-couples-and-group-travel/

There is no doubt : Condé Nast Traveler readers love Hilton Head. The island of South Carolina has been voted the best island in the United States for the last five consecutive Readers’ Choice Awards. It’s no surprise that the island is so popular: a 45-minute drive from Savannah and 2.5 hours from Charleston, this is an ideal laid-back destination that can appeal to any member of the family whether they’re looking to play golf, relax on the beach, spot wildlife in the island’s multiple reserves or feast on fresh seafood. Fishing, biking, kayaking, and paddleboarding opportunities abound, and plenty of outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round, thanks to the region’s mild winters.

While you can certainly stay at a hotel on the island, like the Westin or the Omni, returning visitors may like to move to a more local location. Below, we’ve rounded up 11 great Hilton Head vacation rentals, from family reunion-sized Airbnbs to a group trip-ready condo managed by Marriott Homes & Villas.

While we have not stayed at all of the rental properties shown unless otherwise noted, these listings are verified against Superhost status, amenities, location, previous guest reviews, and decor.

All products featured on Condé Nast Traveler are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Hunt: To the new owners of my old Christmas tree | Guest column https://mino-warabi.com/hunt-to-the-new-owners-of-my-old-christmas-tree-guest-column/ Thu, 23 Dec 2021 12:00:00 +0000 https://mino-warabi.com/hunt-to-the-new-owners-of-my-old-christmas-tree-guest-column/