May 23, 2024

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What you get for the money: Fall colors edition

It’s been a spectacular fall for foliage in the western suburbs. Long after the leaves have fallen and the raking has begun, local homes represent the fall colors year-round in their brightly colored paint jobs. 

Not surprisingly, orange houses are rare, but yellow paint jobs and red accents are readily available in houses that recently hit the market.

In a 2018 paint analysis, the online real estate firm Zillow found that painting the exterior of your home yellow could result in a net loss of over $3,400 on the sale of the home. That memo doesn’t seem to hold for historic homes. “This Old House” notes that yellow tones are quite popular in many older styles such as Victorian and craftsman.