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Real Estate Report: Planning a remodel?

If you’re planning a remodel to your home, why not look at all the ways you can improve the overall comfort and health of your home at the same time? Studies show that if you’re selling your home, you can get up to 9 percent more on the sales price with a green label like GreenPoint Rated. Based on the average California home price of $400,000, that’s $34,800 more in your pocket! And a recent National Association of Realtors survey found that buyers valued updated kitchen appliances over granite counter tops.

Here's a list of energy saving measures and the rebates and special loan programs you can use to integrate them into your home. Read more >> about Real Estate Report: Planning a remodel?

Real Estate Report: Linoleum or Vinyl for your floor?

When choosing materials in a remodel, it’s important to consider not only the design, durability and functionality, but also how the smells or off-gassing may affect inhabitants of the house. Cabinetry, flooring and the attendant adhesives may contain some of the strongest chemicals most likely to trigger allergic reactions.

We’re remodeling our mid-century kitchen and although visitors like the green tile on the counter tops and back splash, I’m tired of cleaning grout! Read more >> about Real Estate Report: Linoleum or Vinyl for your floor?

Real Estate Report: Prices Beginning to Turn Heads

The statewide median home price was at $308,050 in April of this year, up almost 5 percent over last April. It was the first time the median price was above the $300,000 mark in nearly a year and a half (since December 2010). Prior to March, we had seen 16 months straight of year-over-year declines in the median price. However, in March and April the California housing market bucked that trend as constrained inventory levels put upward pressure on prices across the board. Read more >> about Real Estate Report: Prices Beginning to Turn Heads

Real Estate Report: Air Duct Cleaning – Scam or Useful?

I noticed some “coupons” for air duct cleaning in the mail and decided to take a closer look at the services offered. On the internet, I found examples of bait and switch artists ripping off unsuspecting homeowners and some seemingly legitimate contractors performing this service. But according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), air duct cleaning has never been shown to actually prevent health problems.

So why have them cleaned? Read more >> about Real Estate Report: Air Duct Cleaning – Scam or Useful?

Real Estate Report: Real Estate Going Green

When I was asked to write a blog about real estate, I decided that information about those issues directly affecting homeowners such as efficiency, health and comfort should also be included along with market activity reports and realty issues. While no one intends to buy an uncomfortable, unhealthy, energy hog, without adequate awareness of these issues and the remedies, most homeowners are destined to wasted dollars and discomfort. Read more >> about Real Estate Report: Real Estate Going Green