Archive for the 'Money Matters' Category

Charles Chang’s victory: From junkyard to gem

Charles Chang struggled with opposing desires when he set out to become a first-time homeowner: to save money by buying a fixer-upper and maintain his tranquil lifestyle. “I’m in sales, so I’m always looking for a deal,” said Chang, 30, a district manager for a computer company. On the other hand, he said: “I’m a [...]

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Cheap granite: An oxymoron?

If you want granite but worry about the cost, here’s how you make it more affordable: 1. Use granite in one place only, like on the island, rather than in the whole kitchen. 2. Use granite tiles with a wood edge, rather than slab granite with bull-nose edging, which is very expensive. As setting tile [...]

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Live well now, sell high later

You know what’s so sad about Designed to Sell, one of my favorite TV shows? It’s that the homeowners spent years in an awkward, cluttered, unattractive home until it was time to sell . . . and then they made it nice. Does that make sense? Why not make it nice five years in advance [...]

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Cost vs. Value Report: California homeowners don’t lose money on a deck addition

According to Remodeling magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report, investment in a deck brings almost a total return on investment when you sell your home . . . if you live in the West, that is. The return on investment for a deck is 91.1 percent for homes in the West, with the average cost [...]

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Where the money went: DIY luxury kitchen

Here’s the best-looking DIY kitchen I’ve seen yet. No offense to the other DIY kitchens I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. They all had their charms. But this Los Angeles kitchen is so luscious. So strikingly handsome. The project took Liese and David 18 months, which is an awful long time to wash dishes in [...]

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