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One of the hottest real estate trends in today’s market is green building, as home builders respond to an increasing demand for energy efficient and environmentally friendlier homes.
The focus is generally on energy conservation, the use of environmentally preferable products and materials, and making indoor environments healthier.
Green building offers many benefits. It can lower home energy bills; improve indoor air quality and comfort; reduce construction material costs; lower ongoing maintenance and operational costs; and reduce water usage.
Recent studies have shown that green homes are not significantly more expensive to build.
An environmentally friendly home will probably have:
- Effective insulation – to ensure even temperatures throughout the home
- Energy efficient windows – to help keep heat in during winter and out during summer and to protect furniture and flooring from the discoloring effects of the sun
- Tight construction and ducts – to reduce drafts, moisture, dust, pollen, and noise and to improve indoor comfort and air quality
- Efficient heating and cooling systems – to improve home comfort and use less energy
- Efficient products – such as light fixtures and appliances with an energy-efficiency designation.
Your professional Guidance Realty Homes agent can help you find a home that is beautiful and efficient. Talk with them today to save money tomorrow on your home energy costs.
Buying a home needn’t be a high-risk venture. With a little planning, preparation and the use of your knowledgeable Guidance Realty Homes agent, you can avoid these common buying blunders.
How many times have you called on a property only to learn it was already under contract? It happens more often than you might realize, especially for the biggest bargains or areas in high demand. Working with a real estate agent allows you to make your buying preferences clearly defined and then be automatically notified once a property that meets your expectations is listed.
Find out how much home you can afford by getting pre-qualified and pre-approved by your home finance provider. Not only does it send the message that you are a serious buyer who is willing and able to close on the right property, it can also help the broker negotiate other terms, such closing costs, on your behalf to make the deal work.
Never assume that the taxes and insurance quotes for a property will remain the same after purchasing. Property or homeowners insurance also involves your independent credit score as well as the history of the home and its condition.
Likewise, property taxes are often years behind or may have a cap placed upon them if the property was eligible for homestead exemption or other special limitations placed on tax increases. Always obtain at least three independent insurance quotes on a property and obtain a newly revised estimate for property taxes before making a final offer.
Whether the home is brand new or 100 years old, always invest in an inspection to prevent costly repairs and other hazards.
Did you know? Buyers who use our agents receive a commission rebate off the purchase price plus an additional $350 appraisal credit when financing online with our affiliate Guidance Residential.
When a hermit crab decides it’s time for a new home, it scopes out a new shell before vacating its current accommodation. But for homeowners, the process is not so easy. Whether you buy a new home before selling your current one – or the other way around – the choice of what to do first comes down to which option makes you the most comfortable.
Both have pros and cons, and here are some to consider:
- When you know what your current home has sold for you can zero in on exactly what you can afford in your next one.
- Because you already know the conditions of your own home’s sale, such as the closing date, you can make informed offers.
- The downside: If you can’t get possession of your new house before leaving your current one, or even worse, can’t find what you’re looking for, you’ll need temporary housing. Can you afford a short-term rental, and what will you do with your possessions while you’re waiting?
- If you’ve found a home with unbelievable features in a great neighborhood at an awesome price, the pressure is on. You really want this dream home, so in this case, you may have to buy before selling.
- If the local real estate market is hot, you might feel safer buying first.
It’s probably a safe bet your home will sell fast, unless it’s out of step with its neighbors; if it’s a fixer, or if it’s the best home in the neighborhood, it may languish or sell below asking
- The downside: If you buy first and your home does languish, the worst case scenario is you’re stuck with double mortgage payments. And double stress.
Some families handle risk better than others. What kind and how much depends on your circumstances.
Whether buying a home, selling a home or both, working with a professional real estate agent from Guidance Realty Homes is a smart choice – one that will make your experience easier and less stressful. Contact one today at www.guidancerealtyhomes.com.
To find out the value of your current home, go to www.guidancehomevalues.com then call one of our Guidance Realty Homes’ agents who will show you a variety of choices that fit your unique needs. Buyers who use our agents receive a commission rebate off the purchase price plus an additional $350 appraisal credit when financing online with our affiliate Guidance Residential. www.guidanceresidential.com