Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 12:59 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

The projects that deliver the most value for the money are not what you’d think.

Thursday, January 16, 2014 5:14 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

This year could be a good one for remodeling activity and new-home construction.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 12:01 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

As buyers pull back, look for a trickle-down effect on home remodeling projects.

Monday, July 23, 2012 7:58 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

An improving housing market is spurring homeowners to start tackling repairs.

Monday, January 23, 2012 5:35 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Consumer spending on home remodeling projects rose slightly last year, for the first time since 2006. The long, slow housing recovery is partly to blame. Experts say many homeowners who want to trade up or who are unable to relocate for a job are realizing they can’t sell in this market and have decided to

Sunday, August 07, 2011 7:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Living in an assisted living or other kind of retirement facility costs an average of $2,500 to $3,500 per month if you don’t need extra care. Modifying your current home and staying put can have a significant upfront cost, but you only spend the money once. If you do it right, it can significantly extend

Sunday, March 20, 2011 10:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Owning a home these days isn’t always a blessing. Especially as you near retirement, it can get in the way of moving to a place where you’d rather live. Sometimes you can’t sell a house at all. Other times, you can’t sell it for enough to pay off the mortgage. And even if there is