Home Improvements — What to Know Before You Upgrade

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HGTV is a guilty pleasure for many of us, but take that home improvement advice with a grain of salt. Those fun-to-watch shows often give the consumer an unrealistic perspective on the real profits achieved when home-flipping, so before you start tacking up the shiplap or ripping out cabinetry, read this. Renovations, upgrades, and makeovers aren’t cheap, and you should understand the likelihood of any return on your investment before you dive in. Talk to the Experts You’re dreaming of a gleaming chef’s

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Quantifying the ROI of San Francisco Real Estate

  Just how much have San Francisco home values increased since the market recovery began? Try 76 percent!     Clocking in at $1,160,000 and up half a million dollars since 2011, the growth of the city’s median combined home & condo price is nothing short of dramatic — and it’s not even the highest percentage appreciation in the Bay Area. Solano, Alameda and Contra Costa counties measure up with growth over 80%, and Oakland takes the cake at 133%. Checkout

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