The Best Bathroom Fan Options (Buyer’s Guide)

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Long, steamy showers may be restorative after a stressful day, but they have the opposite effect on bathrooms—there’s the potential for structural and surface-level damage, especially if the space isn’t properly ventilated. Excess humidity causes damage in myriad forms—cracked paint, peeling wallpaper, and warped cabinetry. 

Moisture buildup in the bathroom also encourages mold growth in drywall and caulking, threatening indoor air quality. The best bathroom fan removes excess moisture effectively, protecting your bathroom from water damage while helping eliminate mirror fog and odors. 

There’s a wide variety of options at different price points, from bare-bones models to high-end fans that come with built-in lighting, heaters, and motion sensors. To understand the ins and outs, continue ahead for a guide to navigating the options—and don’t miss the top picks below!

and motion sensors. To understand the ins and outs, continue ahead for guide to navigating the options—and don’t miss our top picks, below!

  1. BEST OVERALL: Panasonic FV-0511VQ1 WhisperCeiling DC Fan
  2. BEST BUDGET: Broan-Nutone 670 Ventilation Fan
  3. UPGRADE PICK: Broan-NuTone 9093WH Exhaust Fan, Heater, and Light
  4. BEST DECORATIVE: Hunter 81021 Ventilation Victorian Bathroom Fan
  5. BEST WITH HEATER: Delta BreezRadiance 80 CFM Exhaust Bath Fan
  6. BEST WITH LIGHT: Panasonic WhisperValue DC Ventilation Fan with Light
  7. BEST WITH HUMIDITY SENSOR: Delta BreezGreenBuilder 80 CFM Exhaust Bath Fan
  8. BEST FOR SMALL BATHROOMS: Tech Drive Very-Quiet Bathroom Ventilation Fan
  9. BEST FOR LARGE BATHROOMS: KAZE APPLIANCE Ultra Quiet Bathroom Exhaust Fan
  10. MOST QUIET: KAZE APPLIANCE Sone Ultra Quiet Bathroom Exhaust Fan
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Types of Bathroom Fans

Before looking for the best bathroom fan for your space, it is important to decide which fan type you’d prefer. Bathroom fans come in two main types: ceiling fans and in-line fans. Each type offers pros and cons to consider.

Ceiling Fans

As the name implies, ceiling fans are mounted in the ceiling of a bathroom. An air intake vent sits right in the ceiling, with the fan portion directly above it. The fan pulls air from the bathroom up into the vent by creating suction and then releases it through the roof vent on the other side.

Some ceiling fans include lights and can be used to make a bathroom brighter or to replace an existing overhead or vanity light. They are also generally a bit easier to install. However, due to their size and weight, the installation options may be more limited than they are with in-line fans. Since ceiling fans are located directly above the bathroom, users may notice more noise and vibration than they would from an in-line fan.

In-Line Fans

In-line fans are installed either in the attic above the bathroom or another location a bit away from the bathroom. For these models, users install a vent in the ceiling with ductwork that routes to the exhaust fan. This setup moves the fan a bit farther from the bathroom ceiling for reduced noise and vibration. It also makes it possible to add multiple ceiling vents and connect them to the same

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Despite rapid growth, these 3 US cities have deals for hopeful buyers

  • The pandemic has been a driver of rising home prices across the US as buyers compete for single-family homes and sellers remain reluctant to list.
  • Mansion Global reports that some luxe markets with big upticks in demand are still within reach for prospective homebuyers. 
  • Homebuyers and investors looking for property in Charleston, Park City, and San Francisco’s East Bay should act fast if they’re looking for a deal. 

The pandemic has been a driver of rising home prices across the US, as buyers compete for single-family homes and sellers remain reluctant to list amid volatility.

Luxury sales had been on a steady upswing dating from last October to this March, before they quickly went into reverse, according to a Redfin report. But the national median home price still set a new high this summer, as demand outstripped overall market supply, and the recent sentiment in major cities like New York is that the luxury market may be on its way back.

That said, some luxury markets still have deals on the offer, sitting in the sweet spot between just still affordable and with room for a return on investment. Mansion Global highlights three markets that have seen big upticks in demand. 

The takeaway is that investors looking for property in Charleston, Park City, and San Francisco’s East Bay should act fast if they’re looking for a deal. Read on to see why those markets stand out.

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Top Vancouver Realtor, Mahsa Babaie, Uses Her Interior Design Skills to Stage Homes and Impress Buyers

Vancouver has a costly and competitive real estate market. A homeowner cannot merely list their property for sale and expect to find a buyer for their preferred sales price. A successful sale can only be achieved with the assistance of a licensed realtor that has the right experience and skills in more than one trade.

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Mahsa Babaie is a top-selling real estate agent in Vancouver with her real estate company, Mahsa Babaie Personal Real Estate Corporation. She utilizes her interior design background to offer a concierge service to sellers that add value to their properties by staging, repairing, redesigning and improving the appearance of their homes so they can sell for more money. That way, buyers will be impressed and amazed when they step foot inside these homes and see how attractive and appealing everything looks.

“I work with all sorts of sellers and buyers from different walks of life,” said Mahsa. “The quality and standards of my services are consistent with every client. Budgets or circumstances are irrelevant. I’m a perfectionist, and I work hard to help my clients as best as I can.

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Mahsa was a professional interior designer before she was a successful realtor. She has extensive education, work experience, and credentials in the interior design industry. She has also taken construction and technology classes at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, so she has a lot of knowledge about the homes her clients buy and sell.

Together, these skills taught Mahsa how to increase the value and integrity of a structure from the inside out. During her interior design career, Some of her biggest clients were real estate agents who needed help staging their own clients’ homes. She made several connections in the real estate business while doing these interior design projects. Most of the relationships consisted of realtors, sellers, buyers and investors.

“It got to the point where my entire interior design career revolved around the real estate business,” said Mahsa. “I grew to love real estate so much that I decided to become a realtor myself rather than keep working for other realtors. So, I switched careers from interior design to real estate. Then I offered my clients something that other realtors were not offering, a concierge service of interior design, repairs, and staging, which boosted my number of sales almost immediately.”

Since 2015, Mahsa has worked as a full-time realtor. Her main areas of focus are Downtown Vancouver, West Vancouver, and North Vancouver. These locations have some of the wealthiest real estate properties in Canada. Many buyers come to her looking to upsize from downtown urban living to a bigger home to support their lifestyle or growing families. People trust Mahsa the most because of her charismatic personality and plethora of experience in real estate and interior design.

“I am

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Broadband, home office, garden: House buyers quit cities for home towns as remote working trend continuesworkig

House hunters are returning to their native counties as they turn their backs on city living and take advantage of remote working.

ew housing data show prices in the country’s regional towns have risen by almost 1pc in 12 weeks to €163,345, compared to less than 0.5pc experienced in bigger population centres. The average time to sell a property has fallen 30pc.

The trend confirms a change in buyer priorities for home-buying as the Covid pandemic has demonstrated that working from home is a viable option for tens of thousands of people.

The Irish Independent/ Real Estate Alliance (REA) Average House Price Index also shows that, nationwide, property prices continue to hold up.

The sale value of a three-bedroomed semi-detached house across the country has risen slightly – up by 0.6pc on average over the past three months to €236,046, a rise of 0.4pc compared to a year ago.

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A nationwide rush to buy has caused the average time taken to sell a property to tumble from 10 weeks in June to seven in September.

Buyers are expressly asking for homes based on broadband coverage, home office potential, and garden space rather than factors such as commuter-friendliness and transport links, which have previously dominated.

“Maybe one in five purchases is from people cashing in on their sales in Dublin and moving to larger houses down the country. People are making life-changing decisions to be based down the country,” said Harry Sothern, of REA Sothern in Carlow.

In a busy last period, REA Dawson in Tullow also reports selling a number of houses to clients who are now planning to work from home.

“It is clear that broadband is absolutely key for buyers and good amenities and space have become more important than transport links and commuting time,” said REA spokesperson Barry McDonald.

In Leitrim, property is now selling within five weeks of coming on the market.

REA agent Joe Brady is seeing clients buy in Leitrim with the intention of spending a maximum two days a week working in Dublin, a two-hour train journey away.

Properties with home office potential are being snapped up around the country, with REA Seamus Carthy in Roscommon having 43 potential buyers on a waiting list for homes with garden space priced between €350,000 and €500,000.

“All of the buyers are families who are either moving home or have decided to move out of bigger urban locations in search of more space and a better quality of life,” he said.

“We have also seen a resurgence in demand in coastal areas such as west Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Donegal as ­people realise that holiday homes can be more permanent.”

Meanwhile estate agents in the big cities and regions alike are reporting both a rush to buy and a reluctance to sell that is causing concern over market distortion.

In the cities, buyers are also anxious to conclude deals, but for different reasons.

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Broadband, home office, garden: House buyers quit cities for home towns as remote working trend continues

House hunters are returning to their native counties as they turn their backs on city living and take advantage of remote working.

ew housing data show prices in the country’s regional towns have risen by almost 1pc in 12 weeks to €163,345, compared to less than 0.5pc experienced in bigger population centres. The average time to sell a property has fallen 30pc.

The trend confirms a change in buyer priorities for home-buying as the Covid pandemic has demonstrated that working from home is a viable option for tens of thousands of people.

The Irish Independent/ Real Estate Alliance (REA) Average House Price Index also shows that, nationwide, property prices continue to hold up.

The sale value of a three-bedroomed semi-detached house across the country has risen slightly – up by 0.6pc on average over the past three months to €236,046, a rise of 0.4pc compared to a year ago.

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A nationwide rush to buy has caused the average time taken to sell a property to tumble from 10 weeks in June to seven in September.

Buyers are expressly asking for homes based on broadband coverage, home office potential, and garden space rather than factors such as commuter-friendliness and transport links, which have previously dominated.

“Maybe one in five purchases is from people cashing in on their sales in Dublin and moving to larger houses down the country. People are making life-changing decisions to be based down the country,” said Harry Sothern, of REA Sothern in Carlow.

In a busy last period, REA Dawson in Tullow also reports selling a number of houses to clients who are now planning to work from home.

“It is clear that broadband is absolutely key for buyers and good amenities and space have become more important than transport links and commuting time,” said REA spokesperson Barry McDonald.

In Leitrim, property is now selling within five weeks of coming on the market.

REA agent Joe Brady is seeing clients buy in Leitrim with the intention of spending a maximum two days a week working in Dublin, a two-hour train journey away.

Properties with home office potential are being snapped up around the country, with REA Seamus Carthy in Roscommon having 43 potential buyers on a waiting list for homes with garden space priced between €350,000 and €500,000.

“All of the buyers are families who are either moving home or have decided to move out of bigger urban locations in search of more space and a better quality of life,” he said.

“We have also seen a resurgence in demand in coastal areas such as west Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Donegal as ­people realise that holiday homes can be more permanent.”

Meanwhile estate agents in the big cities and regions alike are reporting both a rush to buy and a reluctance to sell that is causing concern over market distortion.

In the cities, buyers are also anxious to conclude deals, but for different reasons.

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Homes with a garden become the new must-have for buyers

Average property prices continued to fall across the country last month, with the property market more subdued than at any time since 2010, a report suggested today.

Nearly a third of estate agents and surveyors said they saw average prices drop in the last three months, marking the worst performance in ten years, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors said. 

England’s property market having been unlocked on 13 May, although with lockdown restrictions on the market still in place across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Queries from potential new buyers and sales outlooks across the UK look ‘slightly’ better than they did in April, Rics added.

More than 80 per cent of insiders working in the sector surveyed said they think buyer demand for a home with a garden or balcony will grow significantly over the next two years as a result of lockdown restrictions.  

Price matters: A chart showing the impact of the pandemic on house prices so far

Price matters: A chart showing the impact of the pandemic on house prices so far

Green spaces in demand 

Nearly three-quarters of property insiders surveyed think demand for a home near a green space like a park will rise over the next two years, while 68 per cent believe properties with more private space and fewer communal areas will be top priorities among potential buyers.

The desire to get outdoors during lockdown has triggered a drop in the number of buyers looking for a home in a block of flats, the Rics said.

Nearly 80 per cent of estate agents think buyer demand for a home in a tower block will fall over the next two years, while nearly 60 per cent believe properties in urban areas which are very built up will also become less desirable to prospective buyers.

The majority expect no change in the desirability of homes near transport hubs, such as train stations and bus stops.

In demand now: Over 80 per cent of insiders working in the sector surveyed said they think buyer demand for a home with a garden or balcony will grow

In demand now: Over 80 per cent of insiders working in the sector surveyed said they think buyer demand for a home with a garden or balcony will grow

Simon Rubinsohn, Rics chief economist at the Rics, said: ‘There are already signs that those looking to buy a house are responding to the conditions created by the pandemic by seeking out properties with gardens or balconies and nearer green space.

‘These and other similar features are likely to increasingly command a premium over higher density urban locations according to respondents to the survey.’

New normal for viewings

The property market may have been reopened in England last month, but it has been turned on its head. 

In-person viewings are being carried out with social distancing measures in place, with some estate agents choosing to simply leave buyers to look round homes themselves while donning face masks.

Many estate agents have also been ramping up the number of online virtual property tours they carry out, even though it remains unclear how many will lead to cash on the table and a deal in the bag.

Rics’s survey for May found that a net balance of 5

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Florida condo with bizarre wall decor confounds prospective buyers: ‘Dear God’

A two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo in Lake Worth, Florida, is on sale for just $100,000 — but it requires a very, very specific buyer.

Why? Well, the walls of the “social media-worthy” condo are covered almost entirely in empty cans of Budweiser.

Whoever the current owner and seller of this condo is clearly has a thing for the American-style pale lager. Every single room, save for one ordinary bathroom, is decorated floor-to-ceiling with cans of Budweiser.

Though it’s impossible to ignore the beer cans everywhere, whoever the listing agent is for the condo did their best to make them sound appealing rather than alarmingly confusing.

“Entering the spacious 2BR/2BA corner-unit condo, you immediately reminisce of long road trips and the inevitable belting out of the beloved song, ’99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall!’” the listing says. “Budweiser’s biggest fan meticulously adorned the walls and ceilings with Budweiser beer cans to display and showcase their intense love for one of America’s favorite domestic brews! Whether you keep the current décor for your Youtube beer show or decide to renovate the home, this property offers tons of entertainment potential!”

Despite the agent’s best efforts, though, most people on social media still seem to find the boozy condo rather … odd.

“Just because you can doesn’t mean you should,” one person joked about the unusual decor.

“I was wondering why it was 100k and then I looked at the interior dear GOD,” another user added.

“I’d lock myself in the bathroom and never come out,” a third person remarked.

Some savvy social media users, however, see the $100,000 condo covered in empty cans as a worthy investment opportunity, especially seeing as the cans can be recycled for a pretty penny.

“Think of all the money you could get turning those cans in,” one person remarked. “The house pays for itself.”

“I’m not sure, but I think you could pay this house off by just recycling all the cans,” another user added.

So, who’s brave enough to take the plunge and buy the beer house?

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UK house prices jump as buyers seek gardens after lockdown: RICS

LONDON (Reuters) – The post-lockdown surge in Britain’s housing market intensified in August, and prices hit a four-year high, as buyers sought properties with gardens, according to a survey that also sent a warning signal that the recovery could run out of steam.

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The monthly gauge of house prices from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) shot up to +44 in August from +13 in July, hitting its level since February 2016. A Reuters poll of economists had pointed to a reading of +25.

Prices rose across the country except for London where they have remained more or less flat over the past two months.

The survey chimed with other signs that a mini-boom is underway in the housing market – one of the few parts of the economy to have bounced back from the pandemic – helped in part by an emergency tax cut for buyers.

Demand accelerated sharply, helped by a shift towards properties with gardens after the COVID-19 lockdown, RICS said.

Some 83% said they expected to see higher demand for properties with gardens and most predicted reduced demand for homes in highly urban areas or tower blocks.

“The latest RICS survey provides firm evidence of a strong uplift in activity in the housing market which should help support the wider economy gain traction over the coming months,” RICS chief economist Simon Rubinsohn said.

Still, there were some ominous signs.

The survey’s gauge of sales for the next 12 months deteriorated further in August, dented by worries about the economy.

Last week Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said it was too soon to say if the rebound in the housing market was anything more than a release of pent-up demand following lockdown, helped by the temporary cut to property taxes.

Reporting by Andy Bruce; Editing by William Schomberg

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