Thursday, August 28, 2014

Making the most of the 2013-2014 Cost vs. Value Report

So your house is feeling a little outdated, you want something new and you have saved some money to get those projects done!! 

We all want to know our hard earned, hard saved money is going to a project that will add value to our home and give us a good return on our money if we sell. 

The Cost vs. Value report published annually can help you decide which projects are going to give you the most bang for your buck, and the projects you might want to take a pass on unless you absolutely love them....

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Did You Know? Green Features Your REALTOR® Can Help You Find In A Home

Did you know it is possible to search for homes with very specific green features? Features like Geothermal heating and cooling, active or passive solar systems just to name a few! Well...your REALTOR® can do just that for you. Perhaps you are looking to buy a home and one of your main criteria is solar panels or a geothermal heating/cooling system.

Of course you can invest and upgrade many features to optimize efficiency after your purchase, but some buyers want a home move-in ready with these features. A newer feature to most multiple listing services is the ability to highlight a home with these valuable features. This will ideally fetch a better price for sellers who have made the investment. It is also a great idea for buyers as well. Often times severely reduced recurring utility bills which is a fantastic bonus when looking for a new home.