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John F. O'Hara
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5 Ways to Enhance Curb Appeal

April 14, 2015 1:21 am

Boosting your home’s curb appeal is a must when placing your home on the market. When readying your home for sale, consider making cost-effective upgrades that add value, rather than over-the-top remodeling projects. According to Remodeling magazine’s 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, several exterior improvements recoup the most return, including new entry doors, siding and roofing.

“Choosing the right renovations to ensure your home stands out among the rest is key,” says Matt Hess, Power Home Remodeling Group, “and with intense focus on increasing curb appeal this year, we recommend moving that to the top of the to-do list and avoiding over-upgrades and mammoth projects where you won’t get your money back.”

These high-ROI exterior projects that enhance curb appeal include:

Replacing Entry Doors – Updating your home's front door can drastically impact its value and draw in a potential buyer. Think about replacing a door with half-glass panels or a change in color, and modernize the look with a mortise lock with lever handle and matching finish.

Creating Functional Outdoor Living Spaces
– Outdoor living is here to stay, and buyers are taking notice. Consider enhancing your backyard with a new high-end feature or large gathering area, such as a patio with comfortable furniture, a stone fire pit, an outdoor kitchen or a fireplace with an out cove.

Modernizing the Siding – New vinyl siding and trim can make even an older home look brand new. Choose a color that balances both personal taste and long-term ROI. Newer trends include bolder shades like deep blues and heavy greens, while bright white homes continue to resonate. For those who like a pop of color, consider a neutral siding – maybe a taupe or gray – with a bolder trim color.

Making Minor Updates to Landscaping – Add seasonal flowers or a stone border to spruce up your garden. You could also create your own wall garden to grow herbs in mason jars – a feature many buyers will appreciate, says the Power Home Remodeling Group.

Lighting Up with LEDs – LED lights continue to be a popular, inexpensive trend and are a great way to subtly light your yard. From rope lights to walkway or garden fixtures, there are all sorts of LED options that coordinate with your home's exterior. They are dimmable and low-maintenance – you don't have to worry about going outside to turn them off or on.

Source: Power Home Remodeling Group

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Tax Refund Outlook Differs by Generation

April 13, 2015 1:09 am

Two-thirds of millennials expect to receive a tax refund this year, more than any other age group, Bankrate.com reports. The likelihood of receiving a tax refund decreases with age: just 35 percent of people age 50 and older anticipate getting money back from the government.

Although experts generally frown upon receiving a tax refund because it amounts to an interest-free loan to the government, 38 percent of Americans prefer to receive a big refund and another 19 percent prefer a small refund.

"It's surprising that so many people still prefer to get a big refund, rather than adjust their withholding to get their money throughout the year," notes Bankrate.com tax analyst Kay Bell. "You'd think during lean times, they'd need the money more to meet their monthly expenses. But old and bad tax habits die hard.”

Twenty-two percent of all Americans would welcome higher taxes if they would lead to free health care for anyone who needs it. Additionally, 43 percent of millennials are willing to pay higher taxes in exchange for free college tuition for all students, versus just 20 percent of other adults. Senior citizens are significantly more likely than other age groups to support higher taxes for repairing and rebuilding roads, bridges and mass transit.

Most Americans will use their tax refunds to pay down debt (34 percent). Thirty-three percent plan to save or invest their windfall, 26 percent will spend it on necessities such as food or utilities, and just 3 percent will splurge on a vacation or shopping spree.

Source: Bankrate.com

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