I tend to like this idiom (title), and I find it to be true a lot of the time, but I just came across a term I wasn't too familiar with, and it really hit home for me (literally!)
Sweat Equity: is an interest or increased value in a property earned from labor toward upkeep or restoration.
How did I just learn this term TODAY? Seems pretty amazing, since it's what I've been doing with this house for over 3 years.
In other news, prepare yourselves for a surprise project that I'm nearly finished! I should be posting about it in the next day (either late tonight or tomorrow).