Greetings from Jennifer
Ross - Realtor
remodeled my kitchen recently and have a new zest for
cooking! My son Eliot and his friends have TREMENDOUS
appetites, so I thought I'd give homemade pizza a whirl (and
yes, I attempted to flip the dough up in the air). To my surprise it
was easy and so NUMMY! This photo is my "Garbage
Pizza" creation! One half with pesto sauce, the other half
tomato sauce on crust, topped with Canadian ham, pineapple, sliced
tomatoes, black olives, red & gold peppers, broccoli, red onion,
goat and mozzarella cheese. A fun dinner to create with
friends and let everyone add their own toppings. Click here for the
Quick and Easy Pizza Crust recipe from Allrecipes.com.
News & Views
Case/Shiller home price index reported that home prices rose for the
fourth consecutive month. The index, which measures prices in 20
metropolitan markets including San Diego, rose by 0.9 percent.
5 Worst Home Fixes For The
the magic phrase uttered by almost anyone who's ever considered the
cost of home remodeling: "We'll get it back when we
sell." Unless you keep those projects practical, though,
you might just be kidding yourself.
Every year, Remodeling magazine looks at the hottest home upgrades
and renovations and calculates just how much owners get back with
they sell. Upkeep is more popular than upgrades these days,
says Sal Alfano, editorial director for Remodeling. These are the
projects that often recoup the biggest slice of expenses at resale.
But prices and returns do vary regionally, he says.
Here are the six improvements that rank dead last nationally when it
comes to getting those renovation dollars back at resale.
remodel. The standard home office renovation,
-- complete with plenty of built-in storage and high-tech wiring --
is this year's biggest loser in the resale value sweepstakes.
homeowners spent an average of $28,888 and can expect to recoup about
45.8 percent at resale, according to the report.
Alfano offers two tips for home-office remodelers when they sell.
First, opt for something that can be easily converted back into a
bedroom or den for (or by) the next buyer. Second, when you're
selling, call it a study, den or hobby room. "There's lots of
call for multipurpose space. Don't lock yourself into that one
use," Alfano says. Don't use words that invoke images of actual
work. Or the office.
addition. Your first clue: The word
"addition" -- which means expanding the footprint of your
home -- indicates that this is not a renovation for the faint of
heart (or wallet). "It's one of the more expensive
projects," Alfano says.
it seems simple enough, the national average for a sunroom addition
is $75,224, according to the report. Homeowners can expect to recoup
about 48.6 percent when they sell.
suite addition. For a super-deluxe master suite
addition -- which adds square footage and uses only top-dollar
materials -- the average cost is about $232,062, according to the
years past, this project was "sort of a trend in vacation
homes" that migrated to primary dwellings, Alfano says. Sellers
can expect to recover about 52.7 percent at resale.
addition. Bathroom additions require serious
coin. For a moderately outfitted addition with synthetic stone or
plastic laminate surfaces, figure parting with about $21,695,
according to the Remodeling report. Go upscale, with finishes like
premium marble or fine tile, and you can easily spend in the
neighborhood of $40,710.
way, you get about the same return: 53 cents on the dollar. "In
the buyer's mind, the additional bathroom isn't worth that additional
$20,000 to $40,000," Keim says.
addition. It would have all the organizational
built-ins, and a durable, easy-to-clean floor to ensure it would
never be messy again. And windows for natural light.
price tag for a top-of-the-line detached two-car with all the
trimmings is about $90,053, according to the report. You can expect
to recover about 53.6 percent of that when you sell. "This
one is completely decked out on the inside," says Alfano.
"It's a dream garage." And that's likely some of the
problem with recovering the value at resale. Says Keim, "You've
got a very small target audience out there that wants an upscale
Video of the Week
video from The World's Strongest Redneck teaches us how to grow
always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe
in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people
who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they
can't find them, they make them.
George Bernard Shaw
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