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Get In On The "Fix and Flip" Market

Dan Auito, author of “Complete Home Rehab in 10 Days,” says that in order to succeed in F&Fs, “You must be somewhat of an appraiser and deal finder. It takes time to recruit your cosmetologists, but you will run across them in your travels. Friends and family usually can provide you with some serious leads. Start networking and talking to tradesmen. Get their numbers and schedule them to descend upon your ugly duckling at certain times and watch the transformation begin.”

One way to avoid potential “money pits” according to Auito, is to be sure that three areas of the house are solid: electrical, plumbing and heating/cool...

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How to Increase Your Home's Value

Project (average cost recouped, national) according to Realtor Magazine:

• Minor kitchen remodel (88%)

• Bathroom remodel (85%)

• Major kitchen remodel (81%)

• Family room addition (80%)

• Deck addition (77%)

• Master suite (75%)

• Attic bedroom (74%)

• Siding replacement (73%)

• Window replacement (69%)

• Home office (55%)

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It may seem that homebuyers and sellers don't agree on much, but they share one important concern: that the transaction is successful. This comradery is never more evident than during the appraisal process. It's only natural, since the results of the appraisal can send the deal spiraling out of control.

Appraisers take into account many factors when determining the worth of a home. While some of these, such as location, can't be helped, there are things a homeowner can do to ensure that the home is appraised for maximum value.


1. Information is King

Appraisers don't spend a lot of time in the home. In fact, Brian Coester, chief executive of appraisal firm CoesterVMS, tells CNBC that the interi...

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Updating your home to be more chic - without looking cheap - is completely doable on a budget.


If you're looking to add more class to your home, taking on a DIY project can give your house that extra sense of style while saving you money. No need to cringe at those three little words: "do it yourself." There really are fast, easy and affordable projects you can do on your own. Here are five relatively easy ways to enhance your home.


1. Replace Your Light Fixtures

Switching out an old or basic light fixture for a more elegant one is an easy way to shift the ambiance of a room. By adding a sophisticated light fixture, you can control the intensity of the light and character of your room. And you...

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