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10 improvements that are likely to generate a good return when you sell

Looking to get top dollar for your property? Most sellers stick to cleaning and staging. However, if you think your property needs more than a little TLC, certain remodeling projects can help. Before you install a spa-like master bathroom and chef’s kitchen, take some advice from Remodeling magazine’s “2015 Cost vs Value Report.” This report provides estimated costs for 36 midrange or upscale home-improvement projects, along with the percentage of cost that owners can expect to recoup when they sell. Think small. Large-scale projects typically return th...

December 3rd, 2015 | Home Renovation, Home Values, Home Selling Tips, 10 improvements that are likely to generate a good return when you sell

Paint color matters

Quick fact: According to the National Association of Realtors, white houses tend to have the highest resale value.

May 28th, 2015 | Home Renovation, Home Selling Tips, Home Values, Paint color matters

Are you ready for some home remodeling?

Are you planning on doing some home remodeling this year? You’re in good company. Home remodeling activity is on the rise as millions of Americans are now able to tap their home equity to tackle a variety of improvement projects. Homeowners spent nearly $130 billion on remodeling projects last year, according to U.S. Census data. The increase in projects and spending — at a six-year high! — is a sign of pent-up demand unleashed by rising home prices. For the first time in several years, many homeowners are able to tap home equity lines of credit or take out home equity loa...

April 25th, 2015 | Home Renovation, Are you ready for some home remodeling?

Inexpensive ways to get your home ready to sell

You want to sell your home, but you don’t have a lot of money to invest in repairs and upgrades before it hits the market. You’re in luck! There’s a lot you can do to make your home more inviting to potential buyers that doesn’t cost a fortune. Here are some fairly inexpensive steps you can take before you list your home: Clean the carpets. Investing in a professional carpet cleaning can be a great move, especially if you have small children and pets. Stained carpets aren’t exactly aesthetically appealing, and carpets can harbor all kinds of odors. Make...

April 20th, 2015 | Home Renovation, Home Selling Tips, Inexpensive ways to get your home ready to sell

The benefits of a 203(k) home renovation loan

Have you heard about the FHA 203(k) home renovation loan? This innovative loan program is designed to make it much easier to purchase a home that needs a lot of repair work or updating. With a 203(k) loan, home buyers are able to take out one loan for the purchase and improvement of a property. As with the popular FHA home loan program, borrowers can make only a minimal downpayment. Another plus: With only one loan, there’s only one set of closing costs. And once the loan closes, the homeowner then has the funds to immediately begin repair or renovation work. There a...

April 5th, 2015 | Home Renovation, The benefits of a 203(k) home renovation loan

Home improvements that really add value

When it comes to home improvements, not all upgrades pay off when you sell your property. Trying to decide how to spend your home improvement dollars? Here is some great guidance from the U.S. Appraisal Institute: Don’t neglect ‘green’ renovations.  A number of ‘green’ projects, such as replacing windows, installing Energy Star appliances and adding extra insulation, are likely to pay off in two ways — in your monthly utility bills and when you sell your home. You’ll want to consider both when deciding whether they are worth your while. ...

March 26th, 2015 | Home Renovation, Home improvements that really add value

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