Quick Upgrades: 3 Home Improvement Projects You Can Tackle in an Afternoon
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Paging through a home magazine or hecking out a swanky home improvement blog can leave you feeling depressed and overwhelmed because of the state of your home. Without the time and funds to give your home a complete makeover, you might feel like you’ll never get to update your space. Luckily, some home improvement projects can make a huge difference in your rooms without spending a ton of time or money on the project. Even if you don’t have the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition crew working on your house, you can still make a big impact with an afternoon and a minuscule budget.

  1. Rearrange your wall art. Whether you have family pictures, vinyl lettering or other art on the wall, taking an afternoon to take down your pieces and reconfigure them is a cheap and easy way to change the general feel of a room. With a more streamlined appearance, you might even notice that a room feels bigger. To save time and money on hanging pictures and other art, first cut a piece of butcher paper the same size as your wall space. You can then position the pictures around the paper until you’re happy with the layout. Use a pencil to trace around the pictures to remember their sizes and then use painter’s tape to hang the paper on the wall. You can then hang your art over the…………… continues on The People Speak Out

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Five features today’s buyers want in a home
News from Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Posted: Jan. 28, 2012 | 2:03 a.m.

Homeowners who are thinking about selling this year should be aware of what today’s buyers are looking for in a home. It will affect what you should do to get your home ready for sale and how you should price it.

A survey by the National Association of Realtors in 2011 found that buyers favor walkable neighborhoods that are close to shops, restaurants and local businesses over neighborhoods that require more driving between home, work and recreation.

According to the survey, 77 percent of the respondents said they would look for pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods. Improvement in public transportation was favored over building new roads.

Most buyers (80 percent) still prefer to live in a single-family, detached home as long as it doesn’t require a longer commute. Although space is important to most buyers, 59 percent said they would accept a smaller home if it cut 20 minutes off the commute time.

Does this mean your chances of selling are slim if you don’t have a high walk score? No, but proximity to a popular commercial area usually brings a higher price.

In Oakland, Calif., this is evident if you compare the Rockridge area with the Oakland Hills. The housing recession has hit the entire area, but Rockridge prices have dropped less than home prices in the Oakland Hills.

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