Giving Back the Power

Power Saving Home

Giving back power is one of the goals of a relatively new housing industry.  Of course, I am talking about sustainable (also know as “green”) building.  Many of you know of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED movement.  You are seeing that LEED word many places these days – but what does it really mean?

Power saving

Green Light

LEED housing meets strict requirements of the US Environmental Protection Agency.  There are other green building certifications, but LEED is the most widely known. In order to get LEED certification, homes collect points for green features including energy efficient light bulbs, water-saving toilets, high-efficiency appliances and systems, insulation, and rooftop solar panels.

Energy efficient homes save power with their high efficiency systems.  Net-zero homes are designed to generate as much electricity as they use.  Sometimes, so much power is generated that the electric meter runs backward. This sends energy back to the grid – giving back the power.

Lowering utility bills is only one of the benefits of green homes. Financial benefits include tax credits and increased resale value.  Data shows that green homes increase value about 9% above traditional housing. A green home is a great investment!

Using less power

Green City

Almost 30% of homes built in 2016 will qualify as sustainable housing.  This not only benefits home owners.  It benefits the world we live in.  Solar and wind-powered energy don’t require water or deplete other natural resources.  They’re less prone to large-scale failure because they are built in modules that are distributed through a region.  A weather disaster may knock out pieces, but the system can usually operate without those pieces.

Power in cloud

Clean Air

Renewable energy does impact the environment – but its impacts are less damaging than fossil fuels.  Less greenhouse gases which trap heat in the atmosphere are emitted. Health is improved because of air and water quality is improved.

Green certifications of different levels of achievement are awarded by LEED for Homes, Energy Star, and NAHB Green organizations.  You can check out their websites for details or you can give me a call.  I’d love to help you find a green home in Frederick!

Saving Power World

Hold the World Gently in our Hands

It’s all about Trust

Donna Kuzemchak
Trust your Realtor

Priscilla and Marshall’s new home

Picking a Realtor is all about trust.  You need someone who will answer all your questions.  Someone who understands that you don’t buy or sell houses every day.  Someone you’re comfortable with.  Someone who will be honest with you even if it’s bad news.  In essence, find someone you can trust.

Having a Realtor help you sell your house can save you time and money.  Only a Realtor can put your property on the local Listing Service, which is the best marketing tool you can use.  A Realtor understands the intricacies of selling and is able to to help you figure out the sometimes convoluted selling process.  S/he will will do a market analysis and help you list your home at a price that will attract potential buyers.  S/he will shepherd the process from listing to contract through to closing.

 

Trust your Title Company

Smiles at the closing table

Some Realtors will tell you that you should have an Exclusive Buyers Agent to purchase a home. I agree it’s good to have an agent working exclusively for you as a buyer, but it’s not always necessary.  Having someone who knows what you are looking for and is helping you find the right house at the right price is invaluable.  Having someone who is able to help you negotiate a good price for the home you want to buy can save you thousands of dollars.

Having someone you can trust is priceless.

 

Trust your Listing Agent

Under contract in 8 days!

Listing Agents work for the seller.  As a buyer, you can still choose to use the listing agent to help purchase a property that you want.  Just remember that according to Maryland law, the Listing Agent works for the seller.  S/he must still be honest with you, and isn’t allowed to hide latent defects in the home.  Agents can work for the seller and still help you as a buyer.

 

Having a professional Realtor help you buy or sell your home is in your best interests.  Using one you trust is the most important decision of all!