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Best Landscaping Projects to Add Value to Your Home

Whether it is installing new windows or finishing a basement, your home can benefit from many different improvement projects. However, one of the most important investments you can make as a homeowner is in your house's landscaping. Beautiful landscaping not only adds value to your home, but also makes it stand out to potential buyers by boosting its curb appeal. In fact, good landscaping can raise the value of a house by 28%, and upgrading existing landscaping from good to excellent can reap rewards of 6-7%. Here are some of the most crucial components to amazing landscaping!

Buying Now Can Save You Over $200,000

Realtor.com has just released their very first Opportunity Cost Report, which details the potential cost savings to be had by buying a home now rather than later. Financial factors such as the cost of renting and current homeownership advantages for each market were analyzed in an attempt to put an exact dollar amount on long-term gains associated with immediate home purchase. The result? The average buyer can expect rewards totaling $217,726 over a 30-year period.

While there is significant variation between different housing markets, the report found that 88% of metro areas show financial benefits of over $100,000 for buying now. A variety of elements fuel these huge numbers, including the projected increases in interest rates, home prices, and rent. Here are the 10 markets with the greatest potential gains in wealth:

Top Qualities for Attracting Young Home Buyers

If you're looking to sell your home, then you probably want to appeal to Generation Y. Gen Y, also called millennials, are those born between 1980 and 2000, and they now represent the second largest (and still growing) home buyer segment behind only Generation X. While their parents may have wanted a compartmentalized, suburban home with cable, millennials have different qualities in mind when shopping for a house, according to a new article by Bankrate.com.