When it comes to selling a house, some homeowners will go to great lengths to boost their property’s value. But do renovation projects translate to big paydays in the real estate market? Not necessarily, Zillow data show.A mid-range bathroom remodel ($3,000 or less) can bring back $1.71 for every dollar spent, but high-end bathroom remodels see only an 87-cent return on the dollar, Zillow reports. Kitchen remodels, by contrast, see only a 50-cent bang per your buck.A fresh coat of paint, new light fixtures or even light landscaping are less invasive ways to brighten your home’s future on the market.The value of vintageHere’s the wisdom from Tatiana Tensen, Sotheby’s International Realty:One question I always ask sellers when I first meet them is what their budget for renovations is, because every house can use a little tune-up before hitting the market.The first thing I do is make sure we fix any glaring issues that could be non-starters. Hello, popcorn … [Read more...] about Why it’s best to keep renovations simple when selling your home
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By Jeff Collins | Southern California News Group PUBLISHED: March 19, 2019 at 5:02 am | UPDATED: March 19, 2019 at 7:38 am Travis Page, owner of Clover’s Lawn Service, rakes leaves at an Opendoor house on Joltaire Way in Winchester in December. Opendoor became the fourth iBuyer to start operating in Southern California. Although iBuyers have been active since 2014, the online home-buying model didn’t reach Southern California until 2017. (Photo by Frank Bellino, contributing photographer) Southern California is relatively new to the iBuyer trend, which prefers markets with large expanses of cookie cutter tract housing to make it easier to accurately price houses. While iBuying has been in full swing in places like Phoenix for several years, the first iBuyers started working in Southrn California in 2017. In the past six months, RedfinNow expanded from the Inland Empire into Orange and Los Angeles counties. Opendoor and Zillow Offers recently announced plans to expand … [Read more...] about What’s an iBuyer? These companies will buy your home quicker, but at what cost?
By Michelle Robertson, SFGATE Updated 5:06 pm PST, Tuesday, February 26, 2019 A surfer crosses the Great Highway in San Francisco's Outer Sunset neighborhood. A surfer crosses the Great Highway in San Francisco's Outer Sunset neighborhood. Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle Image 1 of / 44 Caption Close Image 1 of 44 A surfer crosses the Great Highway in San Francisco's Outer Sunset neighborhood. A surfer crosses the Great Highway in San Francisco's Outer Sunset neighborhood. Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle The small town in the city: Why people leave the urban heart of SF for the Sunset 1 / 44 Back to Gallery "The last place I thought I'd ever live … [Read more...] about The small town in the city: Why people leave the urban heart of SF for the Sunset
The realtor.com data team found the top cities for those buying their first-ever homes and those buying the homes they hope to retire in. Lance Lambert, provided by Published 5:00 am CST, Tuesday, February 19, 2019 10. Syracuse, New York 10. Syracuse, New York Photo: IStock; Realtor.com Photo: IStock; Realtor.com Image 1 of / 14 Caption Close Image 1 of 14 10. Syracuse, New York 10. Syracuse, New York Photo: IStock; Realtor.com Texas city makes list of top 10 places to buy a starter home 1 / 14 Back to Gallery Get ready for a real estate tsunami—two of 'em, in fact. America's largest-ever generations, millennials and baby boomers, are entering their prime home-buying years at … [Read more...] about Texas city makes list of top 10 places to buy a starter home
Ice dam season is upon us. An annual headache for local homeowners, ice dams can be costly — causing damage to homes — and dangerous. But there are ways to prevent and treat ice dams before they pose a risk. WHAT ARE ICE DAMS? Ice dams are ridges of ice that sometimes form on the eaves of sloped roofs in sub-freezing temperatures, according to the University of Minnesota Extension office. If they are tall enough, ice dams block snowmelt from running safely into the gutter, causing it to pool behind the dam and leak through the roof. Homeowners are often tipped off the the existence of ice dams by massive icicles hanging from their eaves. HOW DO THEY FORM? Ice dams form when warm air inside a home heats part of the roof above 32 degrees in sub-freezing weather, the U extension office says. As the snow on top melts, it runs down the roof to the eaves (which have no heated house beneath them) where it refreezes. Over a long winter, this effect can leave a house with massive … [Read more...] about Ice dams are a scourge. What can you do to get your home ready?