This project took a few years and included ripping out a chimney that went from the basement to the roof, which became unnecessary when I put a new furnace in the house.  The hardwood flooring is original maple and was carpeted over.  The kitchen floor is new as there was no wood floor originally in the kitchen.  A large...
You see them in almost every neighborhood, but did you realize that trees are a great way to raise the value of your home? According to a diagram presented by the arbor day foundation, trees can increase the value of your property by up to 15%. That's a big shift! If you owned a home that is...
According to CNN Money, the most expensive housing market in the USA is... drum roll please... HONOLULU! I can attest Honolulu, is VERY expensive, but it is possible to live there cheaply if you do it right. Heck, I lived in Honolulu for about $1,000 a month, but it's not for everyone. If you're focused enough on achieving financial freedom in...
Housing is by far the most expensive budget item for practically everyone. So it should come as no surprise that we spend years of our lives working simply to pay for the place we call home. But exactly how many hours of your life are dedicated simply to having a place to sleep at night? And...
According to the U.S. census, the average size home in America is actually starting to decrease. Since the market peak in 2007 homes in the US have shrunk approximately 108 on average from 2,277 in 2007 to 2,169 in 2010. This data, of course, is for new construction, which over the past few years has pretty much...
While looking at the financials of a few companies today over on Yahoo Finance I stumbled upon the largest self storage landlord in America. Public Storage, which has a market capitalization rate of $23.19 Billion (wow), has proven to be a high performing investment with minimal dips throughout the recession. After reading about the strategies of Warren Buffet with...
I just wanted to share a few cool videos I found from IKEA. I have to admit, I currently don't own anything IKEA, most likely because I don't live near an IKEA, and even if I did I'm wayyyy too frugal to even tempt myself by walking in the doors of a store like that. In any case, the...
Is now the best time to buy a house since the great depression? I think so, and after reading through this article I think you may also side on the fact that now is an amazing time to get into home ownership. 2012 has the potential to be the best year for buying a house in over...
Think long term and try to pay off your mortgage early Being a homeowner has many benefits, but being wed to debt isn’t one of them. Paying the minimum balance on your mortgage will keep you in debt for the majority of your life, as traditional mortgages are 25-year or 30-year commitments. Start thinking seriously about your financial future by...
I've seen quite a few cool articles lately about using old shipping containers as homes and buildings. With a huge trade imbalance the United States often has left over shipping containers sitting at our ports without a purpose. Therefore many people have taken these excess containers and turned them into buildings, and which is a great solution...