energy star: Energy Efficient Upgrades - 02/26/10 09:08 AM
When walking through a home, the eye-catching higher end details often stand out. Great hardwood floors. Solid surface counter tops. Wonderful paint colors. Garden tubs. Six panel, solid wood doors.
Don't forget to ask about the things that are not as easy to see. Look for higher end upgrades in energy efficient features. These upgrades in a home will not only improve your comfort, but they also will save you money, making a home more affordable in the long run.
Take a good look at the windows. Are they a basic builder's grade window, or has the homeowner splurged … (3 comments)

energy star: Energy Saving tips for the Summer Cooling Season - 06/10/09 04:50 AM
The summer heat is a treat after the cold of winter. If you give your body time to adjust naturally to the heat, 85 or even 90 degree days can be enjoyable even without high air conditioning bills. Our grandparents knew the basics:
Close blinds and curtains on the east side of your home in the morning and on the west side of your home in the afternoon. This will reduce the amount of solar gain - the energy of the sun entering your home and heating it up. An awning over southern windows can substitute for deep eaves, giving your … (1 comments)

energy star: Go Green Team, Part 3 - 11/03/08 04:03 AM
If a property has green options that increase the energy effiency of the home, the buyer might consider looking into the option of energy efficient financing. Also, if buyer is putting into place systems that will further increase the efficiency of the property, it is possible to include the cost of these upgrades in the mortgage without increasing their down payment. Many buyers are unaware of the existence of energy efficient financing options. There are a number of banks and private mortgage lenders that offer these options. Locally, there are banks that have policies in place for energy efficient mortgages. Fannie … (0 comments)

energy star: Go Green Team, Part 2 - 09/12/08 03:32 AM
As home buyers become more environmentally conscious, sellers would be wise to start advertising environmental features of their homes. As mentioned last in Part 1, specific is important. Rather than calling a house green, Realtors would do well to encourage sellers to get an independent third-party certification for their homes. Many such certification exist, and the list is sure to grow in coming years. Different certification mean different things, and customers should be offered information on exactly what the home is certified as. The Energy Star Qualified Homes is a nation program that looks at a variety of energy efficiency measures, … (7 comments)

energy star: Go Green Team! (part 1) - 08/29/08 03:30 AM
Green has become one of the new buzzwords, but what does it mean? Ask three people, you will probably get three different answers. The market is growing for green real estate, with certified properties selling faster or commanding a 5, 10, even 15% premium in some markets. Buyers are starting to look for environmental features in their properties. This is not a trend like shag carpeting, something that will be out of style in the next decade. Environmental features have moved from the domain of hippies into mainstream life because they make sense on so many levels. So what does green … (3 comments)

Brenda Carus (Century 21 Zwygart Real Estate)

Brenda Carus

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