Home Improvement

Is an ADU a Good Investment for You?

Posted by JD Esajian // January 30, 2023

When navigating the real estate market as a seller, it’s always a good idea to know what could raise the value of your property. There are numerous ways property owners will increase their home’s worth, with one of the more common and popular choices being adding an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) to the home. An […]

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Do I Really Need A Building Permit?

Posted by JD Esajian // February 16, 2016

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What home improvements require building permits? Which remodeling items do and don’t need to have permits? Why do permits even exist? How are many real estate investors sabotaging themselves by ignoring the importance of this piece of paper to their profits? Home Remodeling Projects that Require Building Permits Home improvement and renovation projects which often […]

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Evaluating the Acquisition of a San Diego Short Sale

Posted by JD Esajian // September 16, 2013

While San Diego County boasts one of the healthiest markets in the country, there are still many distressed short sales, foreclosures and homes in need of repair. So what are the pros and cons of buying a ‘handyman special’ or fixer upper? Acquiring a San Diego short sale that requires work may be a great […]

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Cool Home Additions To Bank On

Posted by JD Esajian // September 13, 2013

What cool, yet unconventional, home additions can homeowners and real estate investors add for additional appeal to their property?  Adding the right improvements can result in huge profits for any investor. Home additions and improvements are constantly a source of controversy in the real estate community. Green real estate investors and regular homeowners frequently and […]

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4 Dangers Of Unpermitted Improvements

Posted by JD Esajian // August 19, 2013

As the San Diego real estate market improves and investing heats up, investors are increasingly looking for creative ways to maximize profits and cash flow. Subsequently, they are scooping up homes they may not have 3 years ago. Every house has the potential to make money with the right improvements. However, unpermitted improvements can result […]

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Timing Your Home Improvement Projects

Posted by JD Esajian // June 20, 2013


Many real estate investors and homeowner perceive the ‘what to do’ as the biggest challenge in a successful home renovation project, but timing can be just as critical, if not even more so. Get the order of your scope of work wrong and you’ll see returns drop, projects taking a lot longer than expected, and of course plenty of increased frustration, if not ending up sabotaging your project altogether.

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Home Improvements: What Additions Maximize Your ROI?

Posted by JD Esajian // June 18, 2013


Deciding which home improvements add the most value to a property remains one of the biggest challenges facing both homeowners and real estate investors. Installing the right home improvements can maximize your return on investment (ROI). All too often, misconceptions result in terrible remodeling choices. Those implementing poor home improvements may fail to create additional profits for their investment.

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Flipping Houses: The Most In Demand Home Feature

Posted by JD Esajian // May 1, 2013


What’s the most in demand home feature set to be from here through the next three years? For a variety of reasons from changing neighborhoods resulting in rising crime rates, there is a soaring demand for more security measures in housing today. For those flipping houses this signals one of the most important elements that can be focused on for increasing the appeal of properties and selling homes fast. However, it equally applies to the average homeowner and real estate agent.

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Home Improvement Trends in America

Posted by JD Esajian // April 24, 2013


Have you been following the current home improvement trends across the country? Do you know what are the most common projects, what are the biggest motivators for renovating, or how many of your neighbors are secretly launching their own DIY plans on the weekends? New data from the Census Bureau and HUD released in the American Housing Survey shows U.S. homeowners still spending hundreds of billions on home improvement and remodeling projects.

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New Haven, CT Courthouse to Get Rehabbed

Posted by JD Esajian // April 23, 2013


President Obama is jumping on the real estate rehabbing trend with plans to invest in upgrading New Haven. What does this mean for real estate investors and local home buyers? A part of the new budget includes almost $5 million for renovating and restoring the historic Richard C. Lee Courthouse on Church Street in central New Haven. This is just part of a multi-billion dollar renovation plan for updating government buildings, and while it may be criticized by some it will definitely be welcomed by many locals.

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