As you sat fanning yourself in your back yard, sweaty and hot, weighed down by the heat and the steam of the mid-day sun, did you vow that next year would be the year to get a pool? Did you finally get a pool, hoping that it would not only provide your family with summertime fun but would also help increase your home’s value when you decided to sell or refinance your home? Well, certainly a pool can help with family fun, health and to chase away the heat of the day. But a surprising misconception is that adding a pool will help increase the value of your home. While it may make it easier to sell because many people are attracted to the thought of having a pool, recovering the cost and investment of the addition of a pool is not something you should expect. If you’re looking to invest in your home for resale value, the first place to tackle is the kitchen or bathroom. The average return-on-investment for improvements to the kitchen ranges from about 80 percent to 93 percent and bathroom renovations can yield a return of between 85 percent to 90 percent. However, just because you might not recover the cost of adding a pool doesn’t mean the benefits to owning one aren’t there. The three benefits to owning a pool improve your health, your happiness and the overall look of your home. Health The health benefits alone are worth owning a pool. Swimming works your…
By starting a garden this spring, you can save money by growing your own food while having fun and getting your hands dirty during the spring and summer months. If you live in an urban area, there are many great ways you can get your garden growing. We’ve compiled a list of 7 helpful tips to get you started.
You may need to put some work into your house before it lives up to its full potential. Before you start knocking down walls, make sure you are aware of the renovation’s return on investment.
Quicken Loans now offers a 100% loan-to-value refinance on VA loans. This is great news for veterans who want to refinance 100% of their home’s value to enjoy today’s extremely low rates.
If you’re thinking about refinancing you may be hesitating because you are intimidated by the process. The mortgage industry collapse and unpredictable financial markets have created some new obstacles for borrowers. However, these hurdles can be overcome with a little research and preparation.
When you’re shopping for a new home or looking to refinance your existing home loan, it’s very important to do your homework. Don’t be afraid to know your options or to ask your lender questions. How long do you plan on staying in your home? Are you considering an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM)?
Buying a home can be an overwhelming process, and it’s easy to forget something on your checklist. If you’re a first-time buyer, chances are you’re learning a lot of stuff for the first time. To help make this process easier, we’ve compiled a list of things you should watch out for, just in case you forgot one.
We all love the picturesque image of a manicured green lawn, but unfortunately that comes at a high maintenance cost. Chances are that if you have a decent sized yard - you're probably spending quite a few hours a week mowing, trimming, watering, and fertilizing your lawn to keep it healthy and green. Well good news homeowners, if you decide to be done with all that work - there are alternatives to having a lawn.
Hey homeowners! Spring is here, and along the same lines - it's probably time to give your home a good thorough cleaning after the long winter. To help with that, here are ten cleaning tips. Because with so much to do - it's easy to miss a few things that could significantly improve the appearance of your home.
Do you want to lower your energy bill each month? Or maybe you just want to find ways to save - without doing any major home improvements like installing a solar panel on your roof. Well good news, being green doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, and it can make a huge difference in your energy usage and pay for itself many times over. Here are some simple changes to not only help the environment, but save you money.