I was watching The Apprentice last night and they were doing a home improvement thing on two homes in what Trump called a Long Island suburb and each team was given $20K to work with and whichever one increased their homes value the most won, blah, blah. Well in the end when they were giving the numbers out I almost fell in the dang floor! These two houses which were OLDER (60's?) houses and in fairly but not real bad repair were valued at around $380K and afterward $410K and $430K!!!!! That is absurd!! I know I am in NC but in I live in a city with about 250K and a Tri-County metro area that is very urban (not country at all) and has around $1M folks and is one of the nicer and more costly areas of NC to live and here those houses were 2 things. 1) They bordered on being "dumps" for where I live and 2) and more importantly those were $60K houses here! $430K will buy you a 5-7K Sq foot small mansion in some places in NC! Heck, the subdivision I live in the houses are all new, built within the past 10 years and run in the $300K range and the smallest one is probably 3K sq feet, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, etc and it has some of the nicest house in the county. Man, no wonder everybody leaves there and comes South and why you guys can get so much more for work up there!