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Video: Buying a New Construction Home? Consider These Upgrades

Buying a New Construction Home? Consider These Upgrades. Whether you’re building or buying a New Construction home, there’s great advice in the video below. But I would add a few climate specific details for folks here in Arizona. Good quality windows are a must! Energy costs soar in the sizzling Arizona Summers. In addition to… Read More

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Case Study: Your Home With a Solar Lease. Good or Bad?

Case Study: Your Home With a Solar Lease. Good or Bad? The article below brings up some valid points about leased solar panels. But practical application is often more helpful, so here’s a true-to-life, recent experience in case study format. The home owners have listed their home for sale. It is relatively new, has some… Read More

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Cost vs Value: The 4 Best and 4 of the Worst Remodeling Projects

Cost vs Value: The 4 Best and 4 of the Worst Remodeling Projects To begin with, I have just a couple notes of caution for you regarding cost vs value in a home remodel. Always consider not only the value of your own home but the value of all properties surrounding it. Research what buyers… Read More

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12 Entertaining and Energy Saving Home Gadgets and Gizmos

12 Entertaining and Energy Saving Home Gadgets and Gizmos A couple or three of my favorite home-enhancing gadgets aren’t on John’s list below. They may not be labeled state-of-the-art or even technology but they are most certainly energy-saving and entertaining. Black and Decker Thermal Leak Detector I love to see my work bench covered in… Read More

Study: Comfort, Safety and Value Motivate Choice of Smart Home Technology

Study: Comfort, Safety and Value Motivate Choice of Smart Home Technologyy There are lots of folks quick to adopt new technology because it’s exciting and amusing; switching phones with every new version, bigger and better TVs, the latest laptops and tablets. But when it comes to smart home tech, homeowners preferences favor security and well-being…. Read More

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Jane Fonda has Great Taste, and it’s For Sale

Jane Fonda has Great Taste, and it’s For Sale. Lots of glass, recessed lighting and mid-century modern flair… what a remarkable home! Even with sleek surfaces and acute angles this elegant contemporary residence manages to convey a surprising sense of warmth through engaging artwork, warm wood flooring and complementary earthy tones. Night, day or the… Read More

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Video: Free Energy Audits, are they a Scam or a Steal?

Video: Free Energy Audits, are they a Scam or a Steal? Things are heating up here and this is the time of year when Arizona home owners need to beware those calls, emails and knocks on the door from vendors offering you a Free Energy Audit. It’s worth doing your homework, as the video below… Read More

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PACE For Energy Efficiency- the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

PACE For Energy Efficiency- the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. How is green construction and energy efficiency in the building industry like smog in LA? It hovers over and permeates every new construction project and is impossible to ignore. Most buyers of New Construction homes not only expect clean and green energy efficient features… Read More

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Home Improvement: Best Return on Investment? Fiberglass.

Home Improvement: Best Return on Investment? Fiberglass. A common concern among potential home sellers is what updates and improvements can they make that will give them the biggest bang for their buck. Home buyers definitely love to see updated kitchens and baths, but what is the bottom-line added value of these things? It usually depends… Read More

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What’s New in New Home Design? It’s all About Ease and Efficiency.

We’ve been talking a lot lately about the newest features of today’s New Construction Homes so these 4 things may not surprise you. Some, like universal connectivity and charging stations are now standard fare but others like Geofencing to enhance your security system, are still relatively new and generally just an option. Read on for… Read More