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John F. O'Hara
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5 Improvements that Sell Your Home

April 30, 2015 2:09 am

(BPT) - The housing market has improved across much of the country, but homeowners thinking about listing their homes need to stay competitive to attract buyers. Buyers are looking for long-term homes, ones they want to stay in for years while raising their children or settling down and retiring.

To prepare your home for listing - or to simply enjoy it a few years longer – consider upgrading with one of these five home improvements that sell.

1. Update Your Front Door

Buyers will enter through the front door to view your home, so be sure to give them a good first impression. The front door sets the tone for your home's curb appeal, as well as its overall security. It signals to buyers how well the rest of the home is maintained. If your door is in good shape, you might just need to give it a fresh coat of paint or new hardware. If it's seen some wear and tear over the years, consider replacing it with a steel door.

2. Create a Bathroom Retreat
Buyers will take note of a less than stellar bathroom. If you have a guest or master bath that could use an update, take the opportunity to replace the flooring, add cushy rugs, paint the walls and add modern accessories. Faucets, showerheads, the mirror and even the toilet can all be upgraded with water-saving and stylish designs.

3. Upgrade the Most-Used Entry Point

While the front door gets open house traffic, the garage door is traditionally the most-used door in the home. Old wooden garage doors will start to sag and the paint will peel over time. Replacing this door with an insulated steel door will not only improve the exterior look of your home, but also keep the garage space warmer.

4. Showcase an Outdoor Lifestyle

Remodeling magazine estimates homeowners can recoup up to 80 percent of their investment when adding a deck to their home. You may not consider a deck addition similar to extra square footage inside your home, but that’s how buyers will see it, especially if selling during warmer months. They'll be able to picture themselves enjoying meals outside or curling up on a lounge chair with a good book on a summer afternoon.

To upgrade an existing deck into a show-stopping selling feature, consider using a color-treated wood so that future owners can enjoy the space without the annual chore of staining.

5. Transform the Backyard
Buyers will be visualizing themselves in your backyard when touring your home. Consider adding a beautiful wooden fence to enhance privacy, which will be an asset for families with children and pets.

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Survey: Credit Reports Undervalued

April 29, 2015 2:09 am

In 2003, the government recognized the importance of giving consumers access to their credit data, and federal law mandated every American be entitled to a free copy of their credit reports once a year. Since then, however, just a handful of those with credit histories have monitored their credit reports, according to a recent survey by Credit.com.

Of those who had not checked their credit reports, 34 percent never thought about checking them and 26 percent do not believe they are important, the survey found. Twenty-nine percent believe because they pay their bills on time, there’s no need to check them.

“Credit reports play a major factor in determining if you’ll be approved for a loan, apartment or even a job, so it’s essential to monitor and understand your report,” explains Gerri Detweiler, Credit.com. “Not only do credit reports indicate your credit worthiness, they are the first line of defense in monitoring for potential identity theft.”

Misconceptions exist for those who have checked their credit reports, according to the survey. One in ten found a collection account they were unaware of, and one in nine discovered a late payment they weren’t aware of. Twenty-seven percent were surprised by some of the information that appeared on their credit reports; 21 percent found incorrect information in general.

Source: Credit.com

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