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2011 

  Perform Your Own Energy Audit Conducting your own energy audit can teach you how to be more energy efficient and make you more educate should you have to hire an expert. How Much Can I save? By taking the initiative to fix the leaks around your home, you can lower energy bills by 5% to 30% annu...
10/28/2011
Sealing Air Leaks Around Windows and Doors By sealing air leaks around your windows and doors you can prevent wasting valuable and precious heat.   Checking for air leaks A novel and cheap approach is to hold a lit stick of incense near window and door frames where you suspect drafts come in.  Yo...
10/24/2011
Air Leaks in Your Basement? How to Find and Seal Them   Many overlook their basement as a source of heat loss.  Cold air enters your basement just as it does the rest of the house through air leaks that are both above and below ground.  Air filtering into your home can be sucked into your furnace...
10/23/2011
Attic Air Leaks: Finding and Sealing Them! Your attic may appear to have adequate insulation on the floor; however, if you seal air leaks around pipes and other openings you can save a substantial amount of money.   How to Find Air Leaks From inside your home, check your ceilings and take note of...
10/22/2011
  Let me prefice this by saying that I would never, EVER, recommend any buyer purchase a home without a complete inspection.  But prior to writing your offer I would recommend that any potential buyer do the following: - Check the foundation for cracks- Does the house show any obvious water damag...
10/19/2011
The HAFA program (Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives) is a government-sponsored program that allows homeowners who are short selling their properties to receive $3000 in relocation assistance, have their total mortgage debt forgiven and requires that participating lenders waive all future c...
10/17/2011
I'm often asked by sellers the same question time and time again: "Don't I have to be late on payments before I can qualify for a short-sale"?  The answer, in a nutshell, is NO.  Banks will negotiate a short-sale if there is a great risk of "Imminent Default."   HUD defines "Imminent Default" as:...
10/17/2011
  Don't:   1)  Don't worry about the color.  You can change it.  You will likely change it.  Throw this notion out.     2)  Don't be a structural engineer.  If you over-analyze every crack in the foundation - you'll imagine the worst when they could just be typical tension cracks and have nothing...
10/16/2011
More and more we hear professionals in real estate, finances, economics and lending talking about the inevitability of inflation and the resulting increase in mortgage interest rates.  Most everyone is expecting rates to rise back to 7% – 9% by late 2012. What this means to home buyers is that th...
10/12/2011
Picky, picky, picky! Are today's first-time home buyers passing up great deals because they insist on flawless "move-in ready" houses requiring little or no changes - even at the starter-home price levels at which shoppers traditionally have been willing to factor fix-ups and renovations into the...
10/12/2011
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