Monday, January 19, 2015 / by Henry Hilgartner
COST VS. VALUE
Remodeling Magazine January 13, 2015 0
How to Harness the History of Cost vs. Value
Use the report's long-term track record to back you up when you explain to clients what it really costs to do a project
By Craig Webb
Home-flippers beware: This article isn't for you.
We’ve tracked the Cost vs. Value payback ratios for groups of related remodeling projects dating back as far as our 2003 report. They show that, unlike with replacement jobs such as switching out a steel door, there’s not a single project on a national basis that returns more money in home resale value than it costs to hire a pro to do the work.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015 / by Henry Hilgartner
Small, Exterior Home Improvements Offer the Best Value Investments in 2015, Say Realtors®
Media Contact: Maggie Kasperski / 202-383-1290 / Email
WASHINGTON (January 12, 2015) – Homeowners often consider various remodeling and replacement projects as a way to add value to their homes. Some projects add more value and better recoup their costs than others, according to Realtors® who rated small and exterior projects as the most valuable home improvement projects in the 2015 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report. Compiled annually in collaboration with Hanley Wood'sRemodeling Magazine, the report compares changes in home improvement project costs with Realtors®’ perceptions of what those projects contribute to a home’s price at resale.
“It can be a daunting task to even decide on what home improvement projects to undertake, let alone to physically tackle 1 ...
Friday, January 2, 2015 / by Henry Hilgartner
"A mantra among real estate agents and home stagers is that sellers need to declutter and depersonalize their homes before putting them on the market. But overly enthusiastic sellers may take this advice too far"...
Thursday, December 4, 2014 / by Henry Hilgartner
8 Benefits of Buying a House at Year’s End
By: Anne Miller
Summer may be real estate’s busy season, but winter offers great opportunities for buying a house, especially for renters looking to become homeowners, growing families trading up to larger houses and baby boomers seeking homes to fit their evolving lifestyles.
Generally speaking, your housing choices during the late fall are still healthy. October and November are great months to go house hunting. December is usually sparse, market-wise, but if that fits your timeline, you could luck out.
The benefits to buying a house at the end of the year include the following:
1. Tax savings
If you close by December 31, you can deduct mortgage interest, property taxes, points on ...