10 Inexpensive Ways to Increase Your Home Value

Are you getting ready to sell your home and want to increase its value without the cost of a full-blown remodel? There are many affordable ways to increase your home’s value without breaking the bank.

Here are 10 cost-effective ways to increase the value of your home:

1. Painting

increase home value with painting

One of the most practical ways to give your home a facelift is to paint. New paint adds a clean, fresh feel to a room. And while you may love Sea Foam Green on your walls, most prospective buyers won’t. The safest bet is to choose neutral colors to paint your walls.

2. The Kitchen

Kitchen upgradation increases house value

There are many upgrades you can do to your kitchen. From a complete overhaul to changing out appliances. However, there are simpler, less expensive ways to upgrade your kitchen that also add value. One of the easiest ways to jazz up the appearance of your kitchen is to overhaul your cabinets. By painting, changing out (or adding) doorknobs, or resurfacing your cabinets, you can give a completely new look to your kitchen.

3. Landscaping

Beautiful gardening

It’s time to get out the garden gloves. If you want to increase the value of your home, consider its curb appeal. Make sure your lawn is watered and freshly cut. Re-stain fencing. Clear flower beds and other areas of weeds. A house that looks taken care of on the outside is more likely to attract potential buyers to look inside.

4. Bathrooms

Make your bathroom beautiful

For such a small room, a bathroom can sure add value to your home. You can spruce up your bathroom with simple, yet effective changes such as replacing the toilet seat, changing out old lighting fixtures, or adding a new rug or shower curtain.

5. Storage

organised book shelf

Having space to store things is a big plus for any potential buyer. Especially if your house is older and storage space is limited, by making the most of your closet space and creating additional storage space, you’ll attract buyers seeing solutions for where to put their stuff. Installing inexpensive organization systems to your closets and adding shelving to rooms such as your laundry room will provide the storage solutions potential buyers are seeking.

6. Light Switches

Repair light switches

A very straightforward and effective way to make a room look classy is to replace your light switches and electrical outlet covers. Additionally, consider replacing your light switches with dimmers to allow potential buyers to modify the lighting to their liking.

7. Clean Your Carpets

Clean your carpet

When potential buyers come into your home the last thing they want to see is dirty, grimy carpet. Hiring a professional carpet cleaning service indicates to buyers that the house has been well maintained. If your carpet is showing years of wear and tear, add a new area rug to draw the eye away from any problem areas.

8. Deep Clean

Deep clean dashboards and shelves

Speaking of getting rid of dirt and grime, if you put a fresh shine on your home, you are giving off the impression that the home has been taken care of, inside and out. You can either hire a professional cleaning company or get out the cleaning materials and get to scrubbing on your own. Washing baseboards, decluttering junk, and making your appliances sparkle all are subtle, yet powerful ways to give a good impression to potential buyers.

9. Power Washing

Clean exteriors

Don’t just make the inside of your house shine with cleanliness, consider the outside as well. By power washing your home’s exterior siding, sidewalks, driveways, and decks you’ll increase your overall curb appeal.

10. Add Mirrors

wall mirrors and decoratives

Most buyers want their home to feel bright and airy. Adding mirrors is the easiest way to make a room feel more spacious and lighter.


From a couple coats of paint to some good ol’ fashioned elbow grease, you can significantly increase the appeal and value of your home without a lot of funds.


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Bring Your Own Puppy Party

Bring Your Own Puppy Party!! August 15th @ 4:30pm

First Team at Fairway Independent Mortgage Supports The Pixie Project

As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting local not-for-profit organizations, the Fairway Independent Mortgage First Team has organized a BYOP (Bring Your Own Pup) event in support of The Pixie Project. The “Yappy Hour” event will take place on Thursday, August 15 at 4:30 PM at the Pioneer Place WeWork. Click this link for the address and map.

Join us August 15th at 4:30pm

Join us August 15th at 4:30pm with your K-9 Friends for a little Yappy-Hour, free cocktails, poddy-cures for the pups in support of The Pixie Project!•••••#mortgage #nonprofit Adnan Khaki Kyle Stach Joe Dimeo

Posted by Fairways First Team – Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation on Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Cocktails, puppies, and paw-dicures, what more could one ask for? We hope to see you there!

About the Pixie Project

The Pixie Project is a local non-profit animal adoption center and rescue. They offer a variety of animal services, including pet adoptions, pet owner education classes, and low-cost and free spaying and neutering for homeless and low-income pet owners.

To help reduce overcrowding at area shelters, The Pixie Project rescues adoptable animals and gives them access to veterinary services and training support before being put up for adoption.

The adoption process includes an opportunity to sit down and talk with any person or family looking to adopt a pet so that they can best help them find the perfect animal that suits their home and lifestyle.

About WeWork Pioneer Place

WeWork provides co-working office space in downtown Portland. WeWork Pioneer Place occupies the top floor of the upscale urban shopping center, and features private, lockable office spaces, dedicated desks, and shared working areas. Located at 700 SW 5th Ave., Pioneer Place is located in the heart of Portland’s downtown, within easy walking distance to restaurants, parks, and event venues.

Soooo…. we hope to see you and your puppies there!!

2016: Homeowners Net Worth Will Be 45x Greater Than A Renter

2016: Homeowners Net Worth Will Be 45x Greater Than A Renter


Every three years the Federal Reserve conducts a Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey, which includes data from 2010-2013, reports that a homeowner’s net worth is 36 times greater than that of a renter ($194,500 vs. $5,400).

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Craig Winters

Client Testimonial

“I recently completed a home purchase with Craig Winters and Fairway Mortgage. I just wanted to write and say how incredibly pleasant and professional the entire process was. Craig went above and beyond on multiple occasions, including meeting with me on a Sunday. I have already recommend him to friends of mine and with absolutely use him on my next home purchase. Thank you Craig!”

Thanks again
Sheldon Doherty


How to Buy and Sell a Home at The Same Time without Losing Your Mind

Ah, to be a first-time home buyer again: How easy it was to buy a home when you weren’t carrying another mortgage on your back!

If you’re looking to graduate from first-timer to repeat buyer, you know things are about to get much trickier. Unless you’re a bona fide house collector, you’ll have to sell your home in order to buy anew—adding a whole separate layer of anxiety to what you already know is a stressful home-buying process.

Buying and selling a home at the same time can be more than a little stressful. Save your sanity during the process with these tips.

How To Buy and Sell a Home at the Same Time

Spending Green to Make Green

Spending Green to Make Green

Even though it’s been warm, Fall is right around the corner. Before energy and heating costs pile up, there are a few ‪#‎green‬ DIY projects you can do today!

1. Replace burned out lightbulbs with energy efficient ones!
2. Replace and repair weather stripping around windows and doors.
3. Sevice your furnace, replace filters, clean air ducts. 
4. Fix leaky faucets and remember to turn your water off when it gets cold!


Find Your Way Home

Real Estate Is Accessible And Easy To Navigate Thanks To These Startups

In the comments, tell us how you make your business stand out in an industry that’s evolving quickly as a result of new technology.



Portland Real Estate by The Numbers

Portland Real Estate By The Numbers

Good news! Portland’s real estate market is brawnier than ever, with nearly 10,000 home sales in 2014 and a median price of $305,000—a rip-roaring 9 percent spike (or $25K) from the year before.

As a guide to this wild scene, we once again ran the numbers on home sales, demographics, transportation, and crime for Portland’s neighborhoods and suburbs. This year, we include new stats on livability and urban migration. (Boise has the biggest share of bike commuters, and 8 percent of today’s Portlanders lived in another state or different Oregon county just last year.)

Whether you’re a first-time buyer, looking for a bigger place, downsizing, or renting, Portland has a hood to make you happy. Just ask the city’s very busy real estate agents—like we did. Here’s where they choose to live, and where they’d bet on Portland’s long-term growth.

Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation

Lending, the Fair Way

Lending The Fair Way

Lending the Fair Way

At Fairway, our Core Values define who we are and what we strive to accomplish everyday—on behalf of our customers and employees. Our objective, in addition to providing excellent service to the customer, is to provide an atmosphere in which each branch can make the “Fairway experience” be exactly what it needs to be for themselves and their families. Fairway provides and will continue to provide the systems and the culture that enable each of our branches and salespeople to grow in the residential mortgage finance industry.