Home Remodeling Can Pay Off At Selling Time If You Pick The Right Project - The Orange County Register

Pools and home offices, not so much. Sal Alfano, editorial director of Remodeling magazine, says payback peaked in 2005 and has been eroding ever since. The magazines 2013 Cost vs. Value Report says that replacement projects, like updating existing kitchens or baths, do better than discretionary remodeling projects such as pools, home theaters and such. Home remodeling can pay off at selling time if you pick the right project - The Orange County Register

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Sluggishness in the housing market and specifically in home sales may result in a deceleration of home improvement spending from double-digit annual growth through the third quarter to a year-over-year gain in the high single digits by the end of the year, the report says. The housing recovery has at least temporarily lost some of its momentum, says Eric Belsky, managing director of the Joint Center. And as a result, remodeling spending is expected to follow suit and see slower growth beginning later this year. Home improvement spending has already recovered a significant share of its losses from the downturn, says Kermit Baker, director of the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center. As spending moves into the next phase, we expect to see recent double-digit growth tail off to its longer-term average in the mid-single-digit range. About the study The Harvard researchers say they made an important change to their Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity, or LIRA, estimation model this quarter. With the upheaval in financial markets in recent years, the traditional relationship between interest rates and home improvement spending has significantly deteriorated. Central Valley Business Times

Dreammaker Franchise’s Growth Outpacing The Remodeling Industry | Reuters

DreamMaker franchisees, who receive great support and training, have been able to meet and win over more customers. “If you have good vendor relationships, a solid marketing plan and excellent systems for running a successful business, this is a great time to start a remodeling business,” Dwyer said. “The economy is improving, and there is still tremendous pent-up demand for professional home improvements.” He is planning to add franchise partners throughout the United States who would benefit from DreamMaker’s expertise in starting and growing remodeling businesses. The company has 34 franchisees throughout the country and hopes to grow to 40 by the end of 2014. DreamMaker provides systems, training and marketing support to help franchisees build businesses designed to produce strong margins and a great quality of life.
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Phoenix Home Remodeling Company, Republic West Remodeling, Begins Home Addition Project For Ocotillo Country Club Home - Yahoo Finance

“This home sits on a very attractive lot and captures the incredible views of the golf course,” said Jim Weisman, owner of Republic West Remodeling, a leading Phoenix home remodeling company. “Plus, the new space will be conducive to the homeowners’ entertaining lifestyle. “We thoroughly enjoy projects of this nature,” continued Weisman. “Although this addition presents some strategic challenges, we look forward to the outcome. We expect this project will add significant value to the property.” Interested homeowners can request a complimentary design consultation by calling 480-428-2695 or visiting the company’s website . About Republic West Remodeling Republic West Remodeling is a leading specialist of home improvement in Phoenix, offers the highest quality home remodeling services including kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and outdoor living spaces. Jim Weisman founded the company in 2011 after co-founding Republic West in 1995.
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The Best Bang For Your Buck Kitchen Remodeling Tips

Remove the original finish and add a new stain coat. Or paint the cabinets a bold color. Combine the paint with a crackling glaze to give the cabinets a weathered appearance. Redo lighting: Altering the lighting in your kitchen can give it a different look and feel. Track lighting is a good aesthetic choice with many different options.
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Renovation Solutions: Three Types Of Home Improvements That Increase Home Value

When making these comparisons, appraisers make adjustments in value based on the age, size and condition of the houses, which makes the process somewhat subjective. Appraisers are more interested in size, function and condition than in style. For instance, a faucet that costs $1,000 is no more functional than one that costs $100. While the more expensive faucet should look better and last longer, no credit is given since there is no comparison showing these advantages. If you want to focus on home improvements that will increase your homes value, here are few worthwhile investments.
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Illegal Immigrants And Foreign Offenders ‘left In Detention For Years’

The second report reveal serious failings in the use of immigration powers to carry out raids on business premises where swift action was required usually because of an immediate threat of absconding by immigration offenders. The inspectors found there had been a big increase in the number of times these “warrantless” powers were used in the past two years, rising from 843 in the whole of 2012-13 to 1,049 in the first six months of 2013-14. Over the same period, the number of raids carried out with search warrants fell from 5,850 to 3,046. There are also wide variations in the use of the powers: the south London immigration enforcement team used them in more than two-thirds of its illegal working operations while east London used them only in 3% of such operations.
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Chicago Designers Take On ‘american Dream Builders’

(L to R) Judge Monica Pedersen, designer Lukas Machnik and builder/designer Jay Riordan, will be participating in NBC I have five kids, and there is a whole pride thing for them as well. I also wanted to see who is doing what Jay Riordan is doing across the country, and I wanted to learn from them. Q: Did the cameras ever become normal for you? Riordan: Yes, I became friends with all those guys. I was talking to those guys more than I was really talking to the camera.
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