30. March 2016 · Comments Off on Green Real Estate Tips You Can Implement Easily · Categories: Real Estate

Being green is all about saving, reducing and conserving the planet’s natural resources. How can a green philosophy apply to real estate though?

If you are going to build a new house from scratch, then you have a blank canvas on which you can layer one green innovation on top of another to improve the environmental credibility of your home.

It may not seem as though it is as easy for most people who have no intention of building new real estate and are quite happy living where they are or if they move will choose an already constructed home. However there are a number of ways you can green your property, many of which should save you money either straight away or over a reasonable period of time.

The best time to implement many green improvements is when you need to make a change to your property. Your existing boiler may not be the most environmentally friendly, but the energy used to manufacture it is already accounted for. If it is still relatively new, just throwing it out to get an improved model is unlikely to make financial sense. What you can do is make sure that it runs as efficiently as possible by having it cleaned and serviced on a regular basis, usually once a year.

Adding extra insulation to your property can also help reduce the amount of heat and therefore energy you waste. This can be relatively cheap to install and the money saved will usually pay the cost of the added insulation in about two years. Even more simply, by closing curtains as soon as it gets dark, you will help trap warm air in your house rather than letting it escape through the cold surface of the windows.

Fitting energy efficient light bulbs will cut your electricity bill and switching those lights off when you are not in a room will reduce it even more. Developing good habits in you and your family can take only a few days and will save money.

If you have a back yard or garden, planting your own vegetables is a great way to improve the green credentials of your property. In one simple step you are cutting down on the food miles needed to transport vegetables from the farm to the store and then to your home. You may also find that you waste far less food you grow yourself, because you know just how much effort has gone into producing it.

25. March 2016 · Comments Off on Tips on How to Build Green Real Estate · Categories: Real Estate

Reducing the energy usage required for building or maintaining a house can help in substantially reducing the carbon footprint. Moreover, a green or environment friendly approach ensures greater physical comfort and tranquility. Irrespective of, whether you are purchasing a new house, remodeling the existing one or planning a new construction, a green lifestyle would not only make you more considerate towards the environment but also save a great deal of your money. Given below are some useful tips on how green real estate can be built.

* Use of the recycled materials, non-toxic paint, formaldehyde-free insulation and energy-efficient construction techniques are just some of the methods to create an eco-friendly home.

* There are numerous ways in which you can harness the green energy. One popular way is installing highly energy-efficient appliances in your home.

* Passive cooling and heating techniques also make a great way to deflect or capture solar heat through intensive insulation, reflective roof or strategically placed ceiling fans. One can even opt for wind turbines to trim down the utility costs. The best part is that for people, who install wind turbines and solar panels, the government offers great support.

* Homeowners can even purchase environmentally safe products, like energy-efficient water heaters and light bulbs and flooring products made up of renewable materials, such as recycled plastic, glass, cork, bamboo etc.

* For those, who have a garden or backyard, planting vegetables and herbs in this space is a nice way to enhance your property’s green credentials. As you would know how much hard work has really gone into growing the food, you would not waste even a crumb of it.

* While building earth-friendly homes, the priority should be to think about the environment safety and using as many renewable resources as possible. Materials, like lightweight concrete, timber, straw etc, should be thoroughly investigated before bringing into use.

* Besides, when it comes to styles in green homes, the choices are endless. You can go for traditional designs, rounded styles, organic designs, earthen homes and many others. Traditional home styles include contemporary, Victorian, ranch homes, bungalow and more. On the other hand, rounded homes are known for their hurricane resistant designs and are believed to keep the residents close to the environment. Earthen homes have a unique design. They are usually built either completely underground or partially in the earth.

* To make sure your family stays in a cleaner and healthier home environment, you should buy and use only safe products, which are biodegradable and non toxic. Avoid using materials that contain ozone-depleting components, dyes, formaldehyde, heavy metals, solvent-based finishes, adhesives and other items, which discharge volatile chemicals in the air. It is advisable to always check that the appliances and other products that you purchase have green-rated labels on them.

Such as these, there is a plethora of ideas that can be implemented quite easily to build a greener home, without spending a fortune.

18. March 2016 · Comments Off on Real Estate Tips Before You Buy Property · Categories: Real Estate

Buying real estate is not an easy task if you have never done it before. For this reason, many people choose to use realty to guide them in the right direction. However, getting an idea of some unique tips to help you close a deal on a great property can help no matter what your circumstances are.

Whether you plan to live in the house or sell it quickly, you should take the neighborhood into consideration. Driving around the property before you commit to the sale is wise, as you can tell a lot about the other homeowners and renters in the area by how the exterior of homes look. Unkempt yards, older cars parked along the street, and trash spilling onto the street can all be signs that the property is not in the best neighborhood. No one wants to live in an area that does not look nice, which means that you might not be happy there as a homeowner, and any renters you get might feel the same way. Additionally, if you plan to sell it eventually, you might have trouble finding someone to buy it if the area is not very appealing.

For this reason, if all you can afford is an older house that needs some fixing up, try to buy in the nicest neighborhood possible. It does not have to be gated or filled with mansions, but a family-friendly area is often rife with attractive landscaping, green grass, parks, and few overflowing trash cans and parked cars on the street. A house can often be fixed up faster than an entire neighborhood, so you have more control over improving the property than where it sits.

Any real estate transaction should also include a professional inspection of the home. You might be quite observant, but you may not realize that some of the home’s walls are out of plumb, nor might you notice little insulation within the structure. Paying upfront for an inspection can save you from making costly repairs down the road, and it could reduce the sales price for you, as well.

If you want to purchase real estate soon, you likely already realize the big commitment it can be. Like any other large responsibility, you should put plenty of research into the procedure before going through with it. If you have any questions during the process, directing them toward your real estate agent is often a good idea since they are there to help.

11. March 2016 · Comments Off on How to Be a Real Estate Expert Buyer · Categories: Real Estate

Have you ever wondered why some real estate purchasers seem to know what is value and seek out the perfect property, while others go round and round in circles, constantly missing out on that perfect property? Well there is no one simple answer, but here are a few hot tips and secrets to help you with your next real estate purchase.

Finding that next perfect piece of real estate is not a sport for the couch potato. Knowing your real estate market is the key and the only way to know your real estate market is to be out and about in it. Go to open houses, attend auctions and take every opportunity to get to know the market you are going to buy into. In short finding that perfect piece of real estate is actually a part time job.

Use the internet. A lot of the initial leg work can be done in the newspapers and on the internet. You can straight away identify which agents have properties of interests and you can get an initial feel for pricing over a broad range of properties. Create a list or map of properties from your internet research and hit the pavement.

Drive by each property, get out and listen for noises, walk around the block talking with someone to listen for annoying or savage dogs. If you happen to spot a neighbor outside ask a few open ended questions about what they most like a bout living here and what they would change.  Drive around each neighborhood looking for factories, treatment plants, vents, heavy traffic or any other things that might create noise or air pollution to local residents.

Once you know what suburb you want to purchase your new real estate its time to create a map of streets and areas you like and dislike. Each time you do an open house inspection, drive by or walk the streets and you particularly like or dislike a street its time to color code it on the map. Use red stickers or pen for areas you dislike and green for nicer areas.

Attend open houses on at least your first 3 weekends. Open houses often reveal a lot more then a drive by or photo can, so really treasure the opportunity to attend open houses for comparable real estate to the properties you are looking for. It is easy to 10 or more open hoses on any given Saturday. Take the opportunity to talk to the agent as they will often refer you to similar listings or even upcoming listings.

This is not an exhaustive list by any means but these tips alone will help you stay ahead of the crowd when it comes to your next real estate purchase.