home improvement: What you don't know can cost you! - 09/29/09 04:06 AM
Given that I'm a Massachusetts resident and a green EcoBroker Realtor, it's my goal to find out all the information available to MA residents for installing and using renewable energy methods for heating and cooling their home. Additionally, there are also a number of Federal incentives available to you. You can find all the state and federal tax incentives and rebates in the Database of State Incentives available on the U.S. Department of Energy's website. For MA residents, a short list is outlined below. If you don't live in MA, skip down to the Federal listing and then check out the … (0 comments)

home improvement: Save Money with Energy Star - 09/28/09 07:29 AM
With the heating season quickly approaching, I thought it would be a good time to pass along some energy-saving tips to help you both indoors and out. Not only can you reduce your energy bill, but you can reduce your carbon footprint by following some simple, easy steps: Energy Star Lighting - Energy Star labeled light bulbs and fixtures are very energy efficient without sacrificing performance or design. Special promotions and rebates are also available at many home improvement and other select stores. You can also visit the Energy Star web site for more information or call 877-378-2748 for more details. … (1 comments)

home improvement: Cook with Gas, Save Some Dough! - 09/09/09 04:07 AM
Of all your household appliances, which one do you think uses the most energy?  If you said refrigerator, you're right!  Among the other high-usage appliances, dishwashers, washers, and dryers rank right up there (see the Energy Star web site for more info). In fact, up to one-third of a households total energy consumption occurs in the kitchen and laundry areas.  But what about your gas stove?
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, cooking accounts for only 4.4% of a household's total energy consumption (Buildings Energy Data Book).  It's so low, in fact, that Energy Star doesn't even calculate an optimal … (0 comments)

home improvement: How to Spend $0 on Utility Bills - 08/18/09 04:41 AM
Simple! Go solar!! Even in the northeast, it's possible to rely completely on solar energy to power your home. Not only that, but it's cheaper than ever before. With recent advancements in technology and improved production methods, the cost of solar is coming into parity with the regular cost of electricity. Add in the various state and federal tax rebates and incentives and you could recoup the installation cost within months - then start making money by feeding excess electricity back to the grid! Here's a very rough and simple example, using my own latest utility bill. Latest monthly kWh usage … (3 comments)

home improvement: Pick the right solar vendor, save more money! - 07/29/09 12:31 PM
Maybe all my talk so far has convinced you it doesn't cost more to build energy-efficiently or install alternative methods of power generation, and now you're ready to make the big move to solar. If so, let me be the first to thank you for making that decision! Not only are you a true leader, but you're sure to be the next big topic of discussion in your neighborhood. But before you make the final choice on a solar installer, here are some key points to keep in mind as you meet with your local solar vendors: Get the contractor’s license … (2 comments)

home improvement: Bad Breath Indoors? Fret Not! - 07/27/09 03:25 AM
I send out a quarterly newsletter to my favorite clients and I thought over the weekend, "Why not post it on here as well"? Each person who reads my posts and subscribes to my blog is also a valued client, so why shouldn't you also get the same benefit, right? So for your reading pleasure, and summer comfort, here's an article* I sent out in my Summer Quarterly newsletter this year. Enjoy! You can easily clean up bad indoor air quality at home with just a few lifestyle changes and adjustments in your air-quality management. According to the American Lung Association, … (2 comments)

home improvement: Save Money by Buying an Eco-Friendly, Green Home - 07/21/09 08:10 AM
I already knew this from my EcoBroker course and the research I've been doing, but now my (new) favorite channel, Planet Green, has show after show confirming it - you don't have to spend a lot more money in order to buy eco-friendly housing.  If you're building anew or remodeling, follow the three R's - reuse, renovate, and recycle - and you'll spend maybe even less than your original budget to be eco- and energy-friendly.  In both cases, you'll more than make up for it on the back-end with reduced utility bills, greater home comfort, and improved personal health.
Wanna do … (0 comments)

home improvement: House of Horrors - The Day the Mold Spores Spread - 07/14/09 04:19 AM
I recently toured a home wherein the listing agent referred to the basement as having "slight discoloration" from water damage.  Of course, this is a bank-owned property so I took it with a grain of salt, expecting more than just some discoloration.  Particularly after learning the house had been empty all winter and the pipes had burst in the first-floor kitchen, I knew there had to be more than just "discoloration."  I informed my buyer, who's looking for a "good-deal fixer-upper," and off we went to view the property.
Let's start by saying this listing agent should have her license revoked … (5 comments)

home improvement: What is a 203(k) Loan and How Can It Help You? - 07/08/09 04:01 PM
For some reason, I’ve been attracting a lot of buyers interested in finding a rehab property lately. Perhaps it’s because there are so many foreclosures on the market now, it’s the prevalent type of property to grab at a good price. I’m surprised, though, at the number of people who aren’t familiar with the 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage program, available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Here are just a few details on the program:
203(k) mortgages can be used for both single family purchases as well as condos. However, there are certain restrictions regarding the condo loans, … (1 comments)

home improvement: When it comes to solar, are you passive? - 07/05/09 03:01 PM
A passive solar home means there are no moving parts or equipment that need to be maintained.  Being "passive" means just that - it's all about how your house "lays" there and absorbs or reflects heat.
Heat naturally moves from a warmer material to a cooler material until there is no temperature difference between the two materials.  Passive solar homes take advantage of this property to distribute heat in the winter and to deflect heat away from surfaces in the summertime.
Direct heat gain is the simplest passive type of solar system, as it relies only on sun entering through a … (2 comments)

home improvement: Looking for money to make home improvements? - 07/03/09 07:43 AM
Are you a home-buyer who's looking to get "more home for your money"?  What buyer isn't, right?  Or perhaps you're a current homeowner who would like to make some much-needed repairs to your home.  If so, keep reading...
A HUD-insured 203(k) loan may just be the financing tool you need to buy or create your perfect home!  With a 203(k) loan, available through any FHA-approved lender, you can purchase or refinance a property PLUS include the costs of making repairs and improvements (not just energy-efficient improvements either).
You could also combine the 203(k) financing with other financing options as well.  Consider … (0 comments)

Tim Cahill, MBA, EcoBroker (RE/MAX Results)

Tim Cahill

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Arlington, MA

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