A friend had her 1950s pink bath reglazed, and it looks new. Since you are not selling, this could be a temporary solution.We had a small full bath retiled floors to tub surround, new toilet, new sink with cabinet, and had the tub reglazed. It cost around $10k. We had our tiles replaced because the hairline crack along a row of tiles on the show wall could eventually take on enough water seeping behind them to lead to mold problems.
pardon the glitch and the typos. Don't give the typical "interest rates are lower!" "Now is the time to buy!" lines. Most people wish to own their own homes. What they need is good information, especially if they are first-time buyers.
I'm long-winded so one more thing: If you're fascinated with sales and not houses, go into retail. A good agent is fascinated by real estate. and will love talking about which how sold for how much, and which neighborhood is hottest, and how much it costs to gut a half bath in a renovation last year, and if it costs more or less this year. It astounds me how LITTLE agents know when asked routeine questions about renovations, typical lifetimes of heating furnaces and such.
Palm, Welcome to the board. Tiny V, I'n not a buyer, but I've been a buyer in the past who wanted to look around for a bit, and was not prepared to make an offer. I wanted to know if my expectations about price and square footage were accurate. It's similar to buying a car. I look at several manufacturers - Toyota, Honda, Ford etdc - before I narrow down my selections of models. I would look on Sundays when the salesmen and saleswomen weren't around. If you wish to squeeze your way into the process, then carry around a sample of homes in various price ranges. Don't offer to be their agent, but hand over the list of homes with photos and prices, and say that if they're going to be checking out houses, that "this one's cute... that the other one has a floor plan that will be great for some families, not so great for others" and give them information. Tell them that the school district lines drive the real estate costs and values in your city if that's true - or if not, what beyond oceanfront or mountaintop brings in a premium. In other words, forget the sales pitch and chat like a friend gossiping about real estate in general, that is, should you meet the buyers at an open house. If they think you know the market, and trust you because you don't seem desperate, that will help.
Pure deregulation, a "free" market in all ways, is legalized theft for white-collar financiers, which this market just proved. There must be SOME lid in there between free market and con-artist activity that can lead to bank closings worldwide. What they aren't saying is that it will be all but impossible to prosecute anyone but a few lowly fall guys because deregulation makes it legal to encourage people to buy what they can't afford, then sell the loan and walk away. The bailouts (or "rescue" bill, if you will) means we had little choice except to bail them out. At this moment, George Will is blaming minorities (without saying the word minority) for this crisis. If that were true, then why are the housing markets that are most struggling the second-home and mainly white McMansion housing markets, with the exceptions of Detroit and Atlanta in high-percentage non-white populations?. Arizona, Nevada and Florida homes, are high up on that list. Luxury condos in Florida, now empty, were speculators, not poor, first-time buyers who are Hispanics, Native Americans or black.
glitch mayhem here. *white WALLS* not walks.
A friend had her 1950s red bathroom tiles done professionally - floor and walls - and it cost about $500 give or take change. It looks like a new white tile bathroom with an almond tile floor. The professional had a two or three step process. The end result was smooth and looked hard as ceramic. They added a tile trim in almond around the perimeter to tie the two together - white wallks and fixtures and taupe/almond floor. She didn't want a white floor that shows every footprint.