Does it come as a surprise to you that the home buying public is still not ready to open their wallet and pay for Green or Energy Efficiency? Of course this is a generalization but HERE is a recent study that quantifies the public's interest in Green... Naturally, in areas of greater affluence and Environmental Awareness there is a higher percentage of people who are willing to pay what it costs for a complete Green and Energy Efficient makeover. My experience in Mid-State California, in a 30 year career selling energy related items was pretty dismal at selling complete packages. ...Continue Reading!
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The famous words of Charles Dickens were never more true than now for the real estate professional who is willing to think outside the box. After 33 years in Real Estate and Construction which included stints as a Real Estate Agent, a Broker, but mainly a General Contractor, my wife and I "retired" last year and looked around for new careers to land in. We both found areas that were a passion for us, that Common Wisdom (and our friends) said, "Oh that's not a good choice...Continue Reading!
Mini Split Air Conditioning Systems are typical in all the rest of the world besides the United States. Here's a Fact and a Question that may be more timely in this economy... Fact: Mini Split Systems can be 25 to 50% more energy efficient than conventional forced air systems. This is because of two factors, 1. Inverter Technology which allows higher SEER ratings (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) of up to 21 SEER. 2. Zero energy loss thru duct leakage and duct heat transfer. That's because there are no ducts in these systems. Question: Why have American Consumers and HVAC...Continue Reading!
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In a previous post I said that if you were careful, you could go against common wisdom and do Energy-Wise house flipping in today's market. At a profit. And sell quickly. Dont hear me wrong, I didn't say it was easy. To win the Gold in this contest, we must do a lot of things right. I liken it to the 5 Rings of Olympic competition. Here are 5 areas that an Energy-Wise House Flipper must master. Failure at any one of them can take you out of the gold category. 1. Buy It Right. This may be where more money...Continue Reading!