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Here’s your weekend dose of do-it-yourself inspiration! 10 wall art projects that will freshen up any room.

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Sellers are often surprised to hear that it isn’t always big changes that get a potential buyer’s attention. Rather than admiring that expensive new bathroom, buyers are more likely to notice that the kitchen drawers don’t open properly or that the floor is scuffed. Before you spend thousands of dollars on major renovations, check out Houzz‘s checklist of inexpensive upgrades that may help sell your house:

Quick-clean the exterior and landscape. Make sure your home’s curb appeal is top notch by checking that your garage doors are working properly and gutters are clean. For your yard, cut the lawn, trim the bushes, and wipe down any lawn furniture.

Make the door and doorbell stand out. Give your doorway a fresh coat of paint and make sure that the doorbell actually rings. Even if many homeowners don’t use the front door, it is the first area prospective buyers will see up close.

Evaluate every entrance. Think about the entrances to every room and update hinges or knobs if needed.

Look down. Most people will come inside a home and wipe their feet; when they do, they’ll be noticing the flooring, so make sure your carpets are clean and your floors are polished.

Select the right scent. A musty scent is the last thing prospective buyers want to smell when they walk into a home. Find a scent that you love and use it throughout the house—a scented candle goes a long way.

Spot treat any blemishes. Fix scuff marks, fill nail holes, and paint cracks so that your walls and moldings look as good as new.

Have a place for everything. Tuck away or neatly organize things to eliminate clutter. You can always add extra storage if needed.

Check the tracks. Make sure all drawers open smoothly. Buying new tracks and tightening handles are much cheaper fixes than replacing cabinetry.

Give the appliances some elbow grease. Clean your oven, refrigerator, sink, and any other appliance that will be included in the home.

Finish with finishes. Replacing faucets, showerheads, and towel racks are low-cost updates that can brighten up a bathroom.

This article can be found in its original form on Houzz.

Photos: Houses for sale via Househappy.org

Are you tired of living in big cities with unaffordable housing options? If so, you may want to consider purchasing real estate in one of these 10 most affordable small cities in the United States:

Kokomo, Indiana
Population: 82,849
Median home price: $85,000
Median income: $60,100
Percent of homes sold that are affordable: 96.3%

Springfield, Ohio
Population: 137,206
Median home price: $76,000
Median income: $53,500
Percent of homes sold that are affordable: 93.3%

Monroe, Michigan
Population: 151,048
Median home price: $120,000
Median income: $63,700
Percent of homes sold that are affordable: 93.2%

Vineland, New Jersey
Population: 157,785
Median home price: $131,000
Median income: $68,600
Percent of homes sold that are affordable: 93.2%

Cumberland, Maryland
Population: 101,968
Median home price: $89,000
Median income: $53,300
Percent of homes sold that are affordable: 92.9%

Davenport, Iowa
Population: 382,630
Median home price: $94,000
Median income: $63,100
Percent of homes sold that are affordable: 92.5%

Lima, Ohio
Population: 105,141
Median home price: $85,000
Median income: $54,200
Percent of homes sold that are affordable: 92.5%

Bay City, Michigan
Population: 106,935
Median home price: $75,000
Median income: $56,100
Percent of homes sold that are affordable: 92.1%

Fairbanks, Alaska
Population: 100,272
Median home price: $205,000
Median income: $78,400
Percent of homes sold that are affordable: 92%

Mansfield, Ohio
Population: 122,673
Median home price: $91,000
Median income: $54,600
Percent of homes sold that are affordable: 91%

This article can be found in its original form on CNN Money.

Photo: Springfield, Ohio via Rob Hatfield/Greater Springfield GVB

The Millennial generation (those born between 1980 and 2000) is currently the second largest segment of homebuyers behind Generation X. As this group is only expected to grow, it is important to understand the different wants and expectations of younger buyers.

Here are 6 home “must-haves” of homebuyers under 35:

1. Updated kitchen and bath. The majority of Millennials are looking for updated kitchen and bathrooms because they simply cannot afford remodeling. “Most of their savings will go toward the down payment and furnishings,” explains Jack Curtis, a real estate professional in Dublin, Ohio.

2. Big kitchen, open floorplan. The kitchen is the center of the home and seen as a hang out place for many young buyers. In addition, Curtis says that “today’s young buyers are also more attracted to an open floor plan, rather than a layout that compartmentalizes the home”.

3. Home office. Due to advances in technology, many Millennials now have the option of working from home making home offices more appealing.

4. Location. Younger buyers tend to see location differently from their parents, says Chicago real estate broker Allison Nichols; “My younger buyers look for properties that are in proximity to public transportation and that have a good walking score.”

5. Low maintenance. According to broker Lou Cardillo, “Younger homebuyers prefer low upkeep features in their homes such as hardwood floors and granite countertops because they are attractive and hassle-free.”

6. Online photos. Younger buyers tend to start their searches online, which makes good quality photos more important than ever. According to the National Association of Realtors, 90% of buyers use the internet to search for homes.

The article can be found in its original form on ABC News.

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Who said the suburbs had to be boring? By taking into account nightlife, live music, active lifestyle options, number of fast food restaurants (the fewer the better), and percentage of restaurants that are fast food (the lower the better), Movoto has determined the top 10 most exciting suburbs in the United States!

1. Cambridge, MA––With two top tier universities (Harvard and MIT), 18-34-year-olds make up 49% of Cambridge’s population. The suburb ranked in the top 10 for its active life options, live music, and nightlife. Check out favorites like The Druid and The Comedy Studio.

2. Quincy, MA––Only 30 minutes from Cambridge, Quincy’s population of 13-34-year-olds is significantly smaller (27%); however, the suburb still has plenty of places like Olindy’s (active life), Fuji 1546 (karaoke), The Fours (bar), and The Fat Cat (dining) to keep the excitement up. Quincy also boasts a whopping 96% for non-chain restaurants.

3. Berkeley, CA––Home to UC Berkeley, 43% of residents are in the 18-34 age range. Most notably, like much of the Bay Area, Berkeley is known for its healthy lifestyle. Highlights include: numerous parks and yoga studios, as well as nightlife fun including the Jupiter, the Albatross, and the world-renowned Greek Theatre for live music.

4. Miami Beach, FL––Ranked 1st for both music and nightlife, hotspots include LIV or Mango’s. Plus, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in the Florida sun, as well as incredible dining options like Yardbird or Puerto Sagua.

5. Santa Monica, CA––The typical Southern California beach community, highlights include the Santa Monica Pier and adjoining beach, the Third Street Promenade, and a great nightlife scene including The Room and Harvelle’s.

6. Lakewood, OH––A suburb of Cleveland, Lakewood’s population includes 30% in the 18-34 range. Though low in active life options, Lakewood’s 97% of non-chain restaurants include Melt and Buckeye Beer Engine.

7. Jacksonville Beach, FL––Right on the Atlantic Ocean, Jacksonville Beach is second only to Miami Beach in terms of nightlife and live music per capita with hotspots like Lynch’s, Engine 15, and the Shim Sham Room. The suburb also placed 4th overall for active life with a number of beaches, waterparks, and golf courses.

8. Tempe, AZ––Though Arizona has a reputation for being popular with retirees, Tempe is the second youngest suburb in the top 10. Nightlife options like Mill Cue Club and dueling piano bar Big Bang, helped Tempe rank 9th overall for clubs and live music.

9. Santa Clara, CA––This suburb of San Jose has a respectable population of young people at 31%, and ranked 20th out of 139 for nightlife. Highlights include a ton of karaoke joints like Arirang Music Studio and California’s Great America theme park.

10. Evanston, IL––Rounding out the top 10, this Chicago suburb was respectable across the board, placing 49th for live music, 23rd for non-chain restaurants, and boasting a 32% young population.

This post can be found in its original form on Movoto

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From established businesses like Google and Facebook to young startups like Househappy, the tech industry has built a reputation for being a fun, lucrative, and increasingly coveted career choice for young professionals. Fortunately, the tech industry also has a high demand for labor. In fact, according to US News & World Report, the tech industry is expected to be one of the fastest growing fields between 2012 and 2022; however, despite already high employment numbers, there are certainly established hubs within the industry. If you’re looking for a high paying tech job, you may want to consider moving to one of these top 10 tech towns:

1. Silicon Valley, California (Includes Cupertino, Fremont, Mountain View, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Jose, San Mateo, San Ramon, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley.)
Average salary: $109,000, up 7% in last year

2. Baltimore, Maryland/ Washington, D.C.
Average salary: $98,000, up 0% in last year

3. Los Angeles, California
Average salary: $96,000, up 4% in last year

4. Seattle, Washington
Average salary: $95,000, up 1% in last year

5. Boston, Massachusetts 
Average salary: $95,000, up 0% in last year

6. New York, New York
Average salary: $94,000, up 5% in last year

7. Denver, Colorado
Average salary: $93,000, up 3% in last year

8. Houston, Texas
Average salary: $92,000, down 2% in last year

9. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Average salary: $92,000, up 8% in last year

10. Austin, Texas
Average salary: $92,000, up 3% in last year

Source: Forbes

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View from a home for sale in Oakland, CA; via Househappy.

These ten major metro areas are expected to see the biggest increase in home prices this year according to CoreLogic Case-Shiller’s latest home price forecast:

1. Oakland, California
Median home price: $545,000
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 9.3%

2. Fort Worth, Texas
Median home price: $181,300
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 8.9%

3. New Orleans, Louisiana
Median home price: $163,000
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 8.7%

4. Richmond, Virginia
Median home price: $220,600
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 8.5%

5. Hartford, Connecticut
Median home price: $234,000
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 8.3%

6. Tampa, Florida
Median home price: $177,000
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 8%

7. Baltimore, Maryland
Median home price: $299,000
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 8%

8. Birmingham, Alabama
Median home price: $174,000
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 7.8%

9. New York
Median home price: $440,000
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 7.4%

10. Memphis, Tennessee
Median home price: $122,000
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 7.3%

This article can be found in its original form on CNN Money.

Photos: Househappy.org