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Do Deep Green-Energy Efficiency Upgrades Make Economic Sense?
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Do Deep Green-Energy Efficiency Upgrades Make Economic Sense?

First of all, not every green or energy efficiency item will provide a substantial rate-of-return or ROI. Replacing carpet with bamboo flooring makes perfect environmental sense but might not be justified through an economic payback calculation. Replacing a gravel driveway with permeable pavement is an admirable retrofit project but, since gravel is also permeable, the...

Community Facilities Districts Info for State of California
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Community Facilities Districts Info for State of California

I. BACKGROUND Proposition 13, which was enacted in California in 1978, imposed fiscal constraints on local governments by limiting the amount of tax on property. Before the passage of Proposition 13, local governments issued long term general obligation bonds to fund public improvements required to serve new development projects. These general obligation bonds were repaid...

Research to Do Before Your Kitchen Remodel
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Research to Do Before Your Kitchen Remodel

When planning a kitchen remodeling project, the first step is to call a remodeling company, right? Maybe not. Before you start talking with the professionals, do some research so you’re in a good position to get make informed decisions with your remodeling professional. Figure Out What You Want Research the different options for flooring, cabinets,...

Who Controls the Real Estate Process?
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Who Controls the Real Estate Process?

Let’s narrow that definition down a bit by taking a look at the components. Real Estate markets usually segment into commercial, industrial, new home construction, residential resale, leasing, vacation destinations and time share. These broad categories identify specific market segments with each having a unique group of participants. Conceptually, when we talk about the real...

Benefits of Custom Cabinets
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Benefits of Custom Cabinets

Optimize Your Storage Space They can improve a house lacking current storage space. If a certain area has the potential for storage, custom cabinets can utilize the square footage. Stock cabinets are less likely to fit into unique spaces or cater to the quirks in an older home. Adding storage to your home will reduce...

Building an Energy Star Home
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Building an Energy Star Home

Anyone building a home should give serious consideration to building an Energy Star home. There are several reasons why this financially benefits the homeowner. – Compared with standard homes, Energy Star qualified homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating-delivering $400 to $600 in annual savings. Over the average 7 to 8...

Tips On Navigating Kitchen Showrooms
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Tips On Navigating Kitchen Showrooms

Today, the kitchen has become the heartbeat of the home. Indeed, in lots of new homes, the kitchen has been designed as the largest family based room in the entire house. The process of building or remodeling a kitchen could feel a little too overwhelming for many of us, beginning with the initial stages of...

House Plans in 3D – A Market Strategy For Home Builders and Residential Developers
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House Plans in 3D – A Market Strategy For Home Builders and Residential Developers

With the economy still forecast to be gloomy and an uncertain road ahead, many residential developments and their builders have put the brakes on new construction projects. For builders and developers in the speculative home building market the strategies for earning a living from what they do best and remaining solvent while doing so are...