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Topic - Valerie Blake
As the year comes to a close, many homeowners are thinking of home-improvement projects for the new year. Industry experts warn, however, that owners should think ahead and realize that renovation costs don't always translate to value when it comes time to sell their home.
Social networks have become invaluable tools for real estate agents who want to enhance their business.
The real estate market in the Washington metro area has been luckier than most in maintaining its stability, but it has by no means been immune to the economic downturn.
Television shows focusing on home improvements have become mainstream as sources of advice for homeowners, and they often focus on inexpensive or less ostentatious improvements, Ms. Blake said.
She said the same goes for bathrooms; owners can change from brass to stainless and chrome accessories and also update the vanities, tiles and vanity lighting.