Getting to Green. By making older homes and buildings more energy efficient, you make a smart investment. Buildings that save energy sell faster and for more money. They cost less to run--cutting your utility bills. They are healthier and more comfortable to live in--with less mold and fewer allergens...preventing drafts and hot and cold rooms.
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I sell mostly older homes that aren't energy efficient. How great would it be if buyers could roll the cost of energy saving upgrades into their mortgages upfront? Take a $300,000 house with a 15 year old furnace, no central air and little insulation. What if the buyers could get a mortgage for $...
Repeat after me: "My house is now a product." Yes, your children grew up there. You took your holiday pictures in the front yard. Yes, you've spent lots of money on maintenance and remodeling. But now you are selling. Step back. Buy Starr Osborne's book Home Staging That Works. Put away the famil...
Philadelphia has a great climate: Four seasons....Long spring and fall...Winter not too brutal. It is very rare that our winter temperatures drop below 20 degrees. Philly is famous for its row houses: rows of townhouses that share walls with the townhouses on either side. That makes them cheaper ...
I liked the home inspector right way. He was a retired, electrical engineer who loved old houses. He invited us to speak up if we noticed anything. The buyers--a young couple--were there. The wife's Dad and her uncle came too. The Dad found the leak in the garage. The young wife found they key cl...
I liked the home inspector right away. He was a retired electrical engineer who loved old houses. He invited us to speak up if we noticed anything. The home was a 90 year old, city rowhouse. Besides the inspector, there were the buyers--a young couple, the wife's father, and her uncle--a contract...