Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Want a better price for your home? 
Rent an expensive sports car and ask your next-door-neighbor to park it in his driveway.

A survey done in the United Kingdom found that "p
remier sports cars top the league for snob appeal, raising house prices in the street by around 12% by making the area appear affluent. These are followed by executive cars, such as a Lexus, Mercedes or BMW, which can add 11% to property prices, as they are seen as the status symbols of high earners."

Tee hee. Beats re-tiling the bath.

By contrast, see if you can persuade neighbors who drive motorcycles, handyman vans or -- heaven forfend -- campers to keep them well out of sight. Such vehicles "lower the tone" of a neighborhood and depress house prices by as much as 12 percent.

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