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How to determine the true value of home improvements

(BPT) - As the U.S. housing industry continues to emerge from the Great Recession, signs are pointing toward positive recovery. In fact, a recent report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University states that the home improvement industry could see record spending in 2015. It’s news like this that may have you contemplating an update to your house. Even if you plan to stay in your home for years to come, it’s important to consider which home remodeling projects offer the potential for a positive return on investment.

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Tuesday 04/07/2015
One smart update can upgrade your entire home
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - If your home is 10 years old or older, your garage door is probably a plain-Jane raised-panel steel door that adds little or nothing to the overall design of your house.

Monday 04/06/2015
Will Your Home Withstand Storm Season? Six Tips to Help You Prepare
Updated: April 06, 2015 - 4:35 am

(StatePoint) Year after year, Americans from Tornado Alley to the Gulf Coast to the metropolises of the Eastern Seaboard witness storms that cause millions in damage and loss of life. However, no matter where you live, or what type of extreme weather you may face, there are things you can do to protect your home and family from the worst.

Monday 03/30/2015
Plan now for your big move this summer
Updated: April 06, 2015 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - The big move – it should be in all-caps and announced with a deep, authoritative voice. THE BIG MOVE. And it's coming to your family soon. It might be from one house to another across town, or it might involve crossing many state lines. No matter the distance, amount of belongings or number of people, your big move is going to be a big deal.

Thursday 03/19/2015
4 Surprising Tips You Need to Know Before Buying or Selling a House
Updated: March 20, 2015 - 4:34 am

(NewsUSA) - Insider tips -- who doesn't love a good (legal) one?

Thursday 03/12/2015
Buyer Beware: Termite Inspections a Necessity for Spring House Hunters
Updated: March 13, 2015 - 4:39 am

(NewsUSA) - A home is the biggest financial investment most people will make in their lifetime. However, dream homes can quickly turn to nightmares if destructive termites find their way into the structure.

How to secure the home loan you need
Updated: March 19, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Springtime represents new beginnings and is the prime time to get the house in order. Whether you’re looking to make a first-time purchase, refresh an existing home or simply leverage built-up equity for other reasons, it’s important to figure out which path is right for you and understand the lending options available.

Thursday 03/05/2015
5 upgrades for under $5,000 to put your home at the top of every buyer's list
Updated: March 12, 2015 - 4:41 am

(BPT) - It’s a sobering truth of real estate that sellers often have to spend money to make money. Even if your home is relatively new, you still face costs associated with getting it ready to show, such as repainting interior rooms or hiring professional cleaners and stagers. If your home could use some TLC and updating, spending as little as $5,000 on key upgrades could improve its appeal for buyers – and ensure a speedier sale at a better price.

5 home-improvement projects to help sell your home
Updated: March 12, 2015 - 4:41 am

(BPT) - The real estate market has improved across much of the country, but homeowners thinking about listing their homes this summer need to stay competitive to attract buyers. Buyers are looking for long-term homes, ones they want to stay in for years while raising their children, or settling down and retiring.

This top garage trend keeps gaining momentum
Updated: March 12, 2015 - 4:41 am

(BPT) - The carriage house garage door is to your house what the little black dress and strand of pearls are to your wardrobe; classic style elements that never go out of fashion.

Creating an island paradise: Tips for adding an island in your kitchen renovation
Updated: March 12, 2015 - 4:41 am

(BPT) - Custom cabinetry, granite countertops, reclaimed wood flooring and accents, and top-of-the-line, high-tech appliances – what more do you need to make your kitchen renovation perfect? How about adding an island? Designers and builders across the country are pointing to the addition of an island as the must-have upgrade for kitchen renovations this year.

Friday 02/27/2015
Giving the Elderly a Lift -- In Their Home
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 4:39 am

(NewsUSA) - Although home may be where the heart is, for older people, it may not be where they are able to stay.

What's up in roofs? Metal growing in popularity
Updated: March 06, 2015 - 4:39 am

(BPT) - It’s hard to believe, but the 2013-14 polar vortex wasn’t all bad. Sure, it brought North America record cold and snow, in one of the worst winters ever. But the weather phenomenon’s silver lining was in persuading many homeowners it was time to forever abandon their conventional roofs for something better. That "something" is the increasingly popular metal roof.

Friday 02/13/2015
8 ways first-time homebuyers can make themselves mortgage-ready
Updated: February 20, 2015 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - It’s rare to get something right the very first time you try it, but when it comes to buying your first home, a lack of knowledge and experience can lead to costly mistakes. One in four first-time homebuyers say they are completely unfamiliar with the mortgage financing process, according to a report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Even among those with an understanding of the overall process, the report found that many first time homebuyers still had significant knowledge gaps in important areas such as available mortgage rates, closing costs, down-payment requirements and income required to qualify for a loan.

Monday 01/26/2015
Bathroom bliss: Upscale touches top manufactured homes trends in 2015
Updated: January 27, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - The trend toward affordable luxury has resonated in the hearts of American homeowners, including those in the market for a manufactured home. Today’s manufactured homes deliver affordability and convenience, as well as the kind of designer elements found in site-built homes.

Tuesday 01/13/2015
Busting first-time homebuyer myths
Updated: January 20, 2015 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - When buying a first home, most people are making one of the biggest purchases of their lives. Without home buying experience, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction.

Monday 12/29/2014
What to look for in a new garage door - and why you should replace yours now
Updated: January 05, 2015 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - At first thought, the dead of winter may not seem to be the optimum time to replace your garage door. In fact, quite the opposite is true: frigid temperatures and brisk winds readily prove the need to upgrade your garage door from an older non-insulated version to a modern, energy efficient garage door.

The easiest resolution to keep: Upgrading your bathroom
Updated: January 05, 2015 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Whether committing to losing weight, improving your health or furthering your career, New Year’s resolutions create stress and require time and hard work. This year, along with those admirable but difficult-to-keep resolutions, why not set a goal that’s easy to achieve and will leave you with long-lasting satisfaction? Start the new year with a new bathroom, and you’ll reap the rewards for years to come.

Monday 12/08/2014
Get the Low Down on Low Down Payments
Updated: December 09, 2014 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) You may have heard the rule of thumb that you shouldn't buy a home unless you can put down 20 percent of the purchase price. However, today’s home buyers have many choices when it comes to the size of the down payment.

Friday 11/21/2014
New homebuyers checklist to ID costly repairs
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - When you’re about to buy a house, it’s easy to get excited about its great location, spacious floor plan or beautifully decorated interior. Yet the old saying, “beauty’s only skin deep” can apply to any home, especially if you’re considering an older, previously owned property. Before signing on the dotted line, use this checklist to help avoid some potentially costly surprises and anticipate repairs or upgrades that may be needed.      

Thursday 11/20/2014
Add a signature style to your home
Updated: November 27, 2014 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - To satisfy homeowners seeking to add a signature style to their indoor living spaces, more and more design professionals and builders are going back to basics and rediscovering the versatility, durability and good looks of cypress.

Wednesday 11/19/2014
Expert tips to make your new house feel like home
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - You know that moving into a new home can be one of life's biggest stressors - the packing, the paperwork, the unpacking and of course finding the nearest coffee shop. Making your new house feel like your home can help alleviate some of this stress and provide a safe-haven for some much needed relaxation.

Wednesday 11/12/2014
Factors that Impact a Home's Value
Updated: November 12, 2014 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) It may seem like the size of your home is the be-all and end-all of your home’s value. But there are many other factors that come into play when determining the listing price of a particular home.

Monday 11/10/2014
6 steps for choosing the best remodeling contractor
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - A remodeling project is one of the most invigorating lifestyle changes a homeowner can make. However, trusting a contractor with both your home and your money can feel overwhelming. Spare your time, money and sanity by following these steps for choosing the best remodeling contractor:

Monday 11/03/2014
Millennials: How to make your home ownership dreams a reality
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - Owning a home is part of the American Dream, yet standards on income, credit and debt are making it tougher to buy a home than it was 10 years ago. Even though requirements are relaxing, only three out of five borrowers get approved.

Wednesday 10/29/2014
Energy-efficient home trends for 2015 and beyond
Updated: November 05, 2014 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - One of the top trends driving today’s housing market is the demand for energy-efficient homes that don’t sacrifice comfort for quality. If you’re looking to purchase a new home, green features can save money both now and in the future, with numerous earth-friendly benefits. Here’s what is trending for 2015 and beyond.

Tuesday 10/28/2014
Putting Your Vacation Home to Work for You
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 4:32 am

(NewsUSA) - If your vacation home has started to become more of a financial headache than a refuge, it might be time to consider renting out your property.

Monday 10/27/2014
Timeless interior design - perfect for protecting your kitchen investment
Updated: November 03, 2014 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - Kitchens are the heart of the home. It’s where you prepare meals, help your kids with homework and entertain guests. It’s the room in the house where everyone gathers, where memories are made, and, with solid investment, can single-handedly increase the value of your home and help you build more of a nest egg. Even if you’re considering selling your home, all eyes of prospective buyers will inevitably be on the kitchen.

Thursday 05/29/2014
Debunking the Myths about Homeownership
Updated: May 29, 2014 - 4:43 am

(StatePoint) As a result of the recent housing crisis, many potential homebuyers, especially first-timers, are hesitant to enter the market. But if you’re holding back, evaluate why. Experts say your reasons may be based on myth.

Thursday 05/15/2014
Top 10 Tips Every Renter Should Know
Updated: May 15, 2014 - 4:45 am

(StatePoint) The number of U.S. renters has expanded significantly since the burst of the housing bubble, and renters now represent 34 percent of all households, according to government statistics. Meanwhile, rents climbed 3.2 percent last year.

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