One renovation that may add value to a home is an in-law apartment. Even if a homeowner does not have any relatives, an in-law apartment makes wonderful guest accommodations. It is possible to rent it when unoccupied to earn some money.
Last week's economic reports included readings on inflation, retail sales and consumer sentiment. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and first-time jobless claims were also released.
Perhaps you have won the lottery, received an inheritance, or cashed in one of your investments, and now you have a large sum of money you don't know what to do with.
Although it is tempting to cruise around town in a brand new sports car it is important to think carefully about how to spend your newfound cash.
To give you some ideas on the smartest way to use your new wealth, here are five things to do with a windfall other than spend it right away:
A short sale is when the mortgage lender(s) agrees to sell the property for a lower amount than the loan-balance remaining.
A reverse mortgage is a way to use the equity value that built up in a home to improve the quality of life for those who have appropriate circumstances when they reach the retirement age of 62 or older. With a reverse mortgage, a person continues to live in their own home and retains the title to it but does not have to make any monthly reverse mortgage payments.
One of the best things about moving into a new home is personalizing it and really making it yours. From hanging wall art to arranging furniture to finding the perfect spot for your grandmother's hand crocheted afghan, it's a real joy to decorate.