Save on Energy Costs

We’re happy to be able to continue to bring you a series of articles provided to me by HouseLogic through my membership in the National Association of REALTORS®.   If you’ve enjoyed FrontDoor or HGTV, you will really like HouseLogic. A great tool provided as part of our membership in NAR, it disturbs me a bit that there are agents and real estate firms providing the same content, but altered as to conceal the source of the information (as if they wrote it themselves!)   We will... Read more »

Tax Credits

Tax Credits for Solar Water Heaters A federal tax credit makes energy-efficient solar water heaters a more affordable and sustainable option for many homeowners. Read Tax Credits for Replacing Heating and Cooling Systems Upgrading to an energy-efficient heating and cooling system can save hundreds on your utility bills and up to $1,500 on your tax bill. Read Tax Credits for Replacing Your Roof Upgrading to a qualifying energy-efficient metal or asphalt roof can cut your cooling bill as... Read more »

Pending Home Sales Down from Surge but Higher than a Year Ago

Washington, January 05, 2010 Contract activity for pending home sales fell after a surge of activity in preceding months to beat the original deadline for the first-time home buyer tax credit but remains comfortably above a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in November, fell 16.0 percent to 96.0 from an upwardly revised 114.3 in October, but is 15.5 percent higher than November 2008 when... Read more »

Topeka is #3 in the U.S. to Buy A Home

Barbara Corcoran, a consultant for NBC’s Today show, named Topeka as the number three city in the country to buy a home, right behind South Bend, Ind. and Akron, Ohio. Locations were picked based on local real estate markets, size and value of houses, job growth and quality of education. “Home prices haven’t gone down by more than 1 percent,” Corcoran said of Topeka. “Unemployment is only 6 percent. And it’s a great family area.” Topeka sales statistics show the number of active real... Read more »

Exterior Remodeling Proves Best Bang for Your Buck, Realtors® Report

Washington, December 17, 2009 Despite a slow market and a slight decrease in the resale value of most remodeling projects, Realtors® report that the smartest home improvement investments may also be some of the least expensive. Results from the 2009 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report show that small-scale exterior projects are the most profitable at resale, according to estimates by Realtors® who completed a recent survey. On a national level, eight out of the top 10 projects in terms of costs recouped... Read more »