Title /blog/posts/2011/01/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Mon, 31 Jan 2011 20:33:00 -0500 Are your House Upgrades Really Worth It - Read On https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2011/01/31/are-your-house-upgrades-really-worth-it-read-on/ <div style="text-align: justify">Homeowners invest a tremendous amount of money and time in renovating their homes and I am one of them.&nbsp; I have no plans of selling so the renovations I do on my home will be mine to enjoy for many years to come.&nbsp; But if you are thinking of making some upgrades and do&nbsp;plan on selling in a couple of years, you need to keep in mind that you won't get the majority of your money back when it comes time to sell.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify"></div> <div style="text-align: justify"><strong><u>Here is an example of some renovations with estimated cost and resale value:</u></strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify"></div> <p><strong>Siding Replacement</strong>: Cost $11,653 - Resale Value $9,173&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Roofing</strong>: Cost&nbsp;$23,232&nbsp; Resale Value -&nbsp;$14,689<br /> <strong>Finished Basement</strong>: Cost $68,253 - Resale Value $41,918<br /> <strong>Kitchen:</strong> Cost $22,267 - Resale Value $16,802<br /> <strong>Bathroom</strong>: Cost $17,620 - Resale Value $10,773</p> <p>These estimates are averages taken from the 2010-11 Cost vs. Value Report for the New England Region.&nbsp; This will give you a sense of the type of&nbsp;return you can expect based on the renovations you make on your home.&nbsp; For a more in depth report and explanations as to how they arrive at these figures, visit the web site at <a href= "http://www.costvsvalue.com/">http://www.costvsvalue.com/</a>.</p> Uncategorized Mon, 31 Jan 2011 20:33:00 -0500 Check out the latest features at www.ColdwellBanker.com https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2011/01/29/check-out-the-latest-features-at-www-coldwellbanker-com/ <div style= "font-family: arial;margin-bottom: 10px;margin-left: 0px;margin-right: 0px;margin-top: 10px;padding-bottom: 0px;padding-left: 0px;padding-right: 0px;padding-top: 0px"> In case you haven't visited the Coldwell Banker website, I encourage you to check it out. &nbsp;Coldwell Banker is always on the cutting edge of technology offering the best real estate web site for the consumer. &nbsp;Last summer they launched their new site which features their BlueScape Search. &nbsp;People who use Pandora can relate to this type of online searching. &nbsp;Give it a try - it is very cool.</div> <div style= "font-family: arial;margin-bottom: 10px;margin-left: 0px;margin-right: 0px;margin-top: 10px;padding-bottom: 0px;padding-left: 0px;padding-right: 0px;padding-top: 0px"> The latest new tool added to the site, is Lifestyle Search - Its all about the neighborhood and more. &nbsp;Read more about it at&nbsp;<a href= "http://bit.ly/eO4cle">http://bit.ly/eO4cle</a>&nbsp;or visit&nbsp;<a href= "http://www.coldwellbanker.com/">www.ColdwellBanker.com</a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> <a href= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/CB_LifestyleSearch1-e1293046996807.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em;margin-right: 1em"><img border="0" height= "265" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/CB_LifestyleSearch1-e1293046996807.jpg" width="320" /></a></div> <div style= "font-family: arial;margin-bottom: 10px;margin-left: 0px;margin-right: 0px;margin-top: 10px;padding-bottom: 0px;padding-left: 0px;padding-right: 0px;padding-top: 0px"> </div> Uncategorized Sat, 29 Jan 2011 16:11:00 -0500 2011 Brush Burning Season has Begun! Get Your Permit Online https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2011/01/21/2011-brush-burning-season-has-begun-get-your-permit-online/ <div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left">The 2011 MA brush burning season will begin on Saturday, Jan. 15 and will run through May 1, 2011, weather conditions permitting.&nbsp; Burning permits will again be available through the on-line permit system at <a href="http://www.fcburnpermits.com/" target= "_blank">www.fcburnpermits.com</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; You are encouraged to obtain your permit on-line whenever possible.&nbsp; If this is not possible, you may still contact one of the dispatchers at 413-625-8200 to obtain a permit.</div> <div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left"></div> Uncategorized Fri, 21 Jan 2011 19:22:00 -0500 1% increase in Mortgage Rate is a Big Deal https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2011/01/20/1-increase-in-mortgage-rate-is-a-big-deal/ <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> <a href= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/9204277-large.jpg" style= "clear: left;float: left;margin-bottom: 1em;margin-right: 1em"><img border="0" height="200" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/9204277-large.jpg" width= "200" /></a></div> <p>Great article that explains how a 1% increase in a mortgage rate makes a big difference not only with monthly mortgage payment but qualifying for a loan.</p> <p><a href="http://bit.ly/gRco9I">http://bit.ly/gRco9I</a></p> Uncategorized Thu, 20 Jan 2011 09:03:00 -0500 Real Estate, Investing and Economy: Is Now the Time to Dip a Toe in Housing? - CNBC https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2011/01/17/real-estate-investing-and-economy-is-now-the-time-to-dip-a-toe-in-housing-cnbc/ <p>Is now a good time to buy?&nbsp; What do you think?&nbsp; Watch those interest rates and inventory of homes.&nbsp; The spring market will be an indicator of what is yet to come.&nbsp; Stay tuned . . .<br /> <a href= "http://www.cnbc.com/id/41026042?__source=RSS*blog*&par=RSS&utm_source=sendible"> Real Estate, Investing and Economy: Is Now the Time to Dip a Toe in Housing? - CNBC</a></p> Uncategorized Mon, 17 Jan 2011 14:51:00 -0500 Franklin County Sales - 2nd Place out of a list of 100 Real Estate Agents https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2011/01/16/franklin-county-sales-2nd-place-out-of-a-list-of-100-real-estate-agents/ <p>I am pleased to announce that I placed <b>2nd in Sales</b> out of a list of 100 real estate agents who sold properties in the Franklin County area in 2010. &nbsp; This could not be accomplished without my loyal clients who have done business with me over the years. &nbsp;Your referrals and support are greatly appreciated.</p> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> <a href= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/imagesCA6PNKJF.jpg" style= "clear: left;float: left;margin-bottom: 1em;margin-right: 1em"><img border="0" height="200" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/imagesCA6PNKJF.jpg" width= "142" /></a></div> <p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-small">The information is gathered from the Multiple Listing Service and does not include private sales.</span></p> Uncategorized Sun, 16 Jan 2011 15:47:00 -0500 The Latest in Energy Efficiency for Smart Homes https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2011/01/07/the-latest-in-energy-efficiency-for-smart-homes/ <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> <a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/images.jpg" style= "clear: left;float: left;margin-bottom: 1em;margin-right: 1em"><img border="0" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/images.jpg" /></a></div> <p>It is a amazing how quickly the technology is changing towards energy efficiency. &nbsp;This article gives you some of the latest innovations from LG and Panasonic. &nbsp;Very cool stuff and more to come. &nbsp;<a href= "http://bit.ly/gl8aPL">http://bit.ly/gl8aPL</a></p> Uncategorized Fri, 07 Jan 2011 10:57:00 -0500