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Owning a Log Home

Advantages of owning a Log Home or Cabin

Energy efficient – Due to timber’s thermal mass, which accounts for the wood’s ability to store and release heat throughout the day and night, log homes are great at conserving energy, and maintaining temperatures. This means your home can be kept cool in the summer and warm in the winter without you having to rely so heavily on air conditioning units and central heating. They are generally regarded as being anywhere from 2.5% to over 20% more energy efficient, if built and caulked properly, as compared to an identical wood-frame home.

Log homes fit into the “green” lifestyle – If being environmentally conscious is important to you, going with log will be a good fit. Builders today tend to use logs from sustainable forests, to ensure that they are not depleting forests that are already in trouble. Combined with the energy efficiency referenced above, this means that they are very “green”.

Traditional charm with modern conveniences – many people love log cabins because they bring to mind a simpler way of life. In today’s homes, you can keep that traditional charm while also adding the modern conveniences

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Steel Buildings Go Green

Building Green

Green building design, also known as “sustainable building” is coming of age as we recognize that global resources are limited and that climate change is inevitable – unless we take positive action now.

Green building recognizes the environmental impact of buildings, their construction, life-cycle and ultimate demolition, and works to lessen this impact through

  • Energy efficiency
  • Environmentally sound building materials
  • Innovative building design
  • Healthy indoor environment
Environmentally Friendly Pre-engineered Steel Buildings

Pre-engineered steel buildings also known as prefabricated buildings or prefab metal buildings are an innovative building solution featuring solid steel I-beam building construction.

  • Pre-engineered buildings are designed and engineered by trained and certified structural metal building engineers to meet all local building codes for snow and wind load and seismic conditions.
  • Building components are engineered and fabricated to precise specifications using the highest grade commercial steel available.
  • Modern steel manufacturers employ energy efficient methods in steel production that help to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • When a steel building is demolished to make way for new construction the metal building materials don’t end up in a landfill like asphalt shingles, concrete, brick and
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House Flipping Laws

Flipping a house, or reselling a property quickly after purchasing, isn’t illegal. Because so many house flippers committed mortgage fraud or used predatory lending practices, HUD, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is trying to protect home buyers. HUD also seeks to halt appraisals at inflated prices. The agency believes that house flippers artificially inflated prices.

Effective July 9, 2006, HUD changed their lending regulations for new FHA financing. To keep wholesalers from making a quick profit, only the actual owner of a home can sell a home with FHA, Federal Housing Administration, financing. To discourage house flipping, homes sold within 90 days of purchase won’t be eligible for FHA financing, either. Additionally, houses selling for twice as much as the purchase price in the time period between 91 and 180 days after the last sale require additional valuation data in order to qualify for FHA financing.

The exemptions to this policy include HUD, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, lenders selling real estate owned (foreclosures), local or state housing agencies, nonprofits with HUD permission to purchase discounted real estate owned properties, inherited properties, and dwellings located in presidentially declared disaster areas.

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Home Buying Negotiations

Ask for something in return.

Typically, transactions inside a home sale should be give and take. Sellers put specific price tags because they want money in exchange of their property. Buyers inspect the house and see appliances not included in the seller’s listing. Then a higher price than that of the seller is raised. This is when counter offers start. Whether or not the seller or buyer would give in to some demands, the counter offers can go back and forth. Sellers and buyers alike should remember that counter offers are made because they want something from this.

In simple philosophy, counter offers are done to tap into either a buyer or a seller’s fairness. In response to changes in prices made from both sides, requests are also slowed down.

Give incentives.

During the counter offer, remember that you should give when you want to take something. Thus, incentives in different forms will likely help. If you are on the seller side, offer buyer like paying for homeowners’ association fees for a specific period. Incentives can spell some trick on the buyer. You have just to be creative yet respectful in putting up your

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Alternative Building Materials

Straw bale homes have been gaining popularity due to the benefits the homes provide to homeowners. The use of this particular resource provides homeowners with better living conditions. Straw has many advantages when used as an alternative building material, including its renewable nature, its low cost, high insulation value, it is easily available, and is naturally fire retardant. The fact that straw has a relatively low cost makes it an ideal option when comparing prices to more conventional building materials. Being able to save money will help, especially in the cost of building a house.

Straw is also a very readily available resource that is easy to acquire. Natural resources are very important to the environment and using them for projects such as home building make its acquirability even more important. The fact that straw is readily available and is by no means scarce makes it a top choice when making an effort to be environment friendly.
One big upside to using straw as insulation or as actual walls is that straw is naturally flame retardant. Any homeowner would love the idea of a flame retardant home. Many people could rest easy knowing their home has added

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When Buying Residential Properties

  • Accommodation: You must never forget to check how many people a residential property can accommodate before investing your money on it. You may have kids in the future or your parents may come to stay with you from another city; make sure you don’t need to shift to a new house in such situations.
  • The area covered: For checking the area covered, you may need some expert help. This is because measuring things like carpet area of a flat and total area of the land the building in constructed on is not the job of a layman.
  • Floor: Usually, top realtors will never offer you low quality floors. However, even then, you should never shy away from checking the quality of floor before purchasing a residential property. If the property has tile flooring, get the flooring inspected for durability and sturdiness. If you have enough money, you can request the realtor to customize the floor according to your needs.
  • Location: When you are purchasing a residential property, chances are there that you will be staying there for life. This makes it extremely important that the building has a preferable location. Ideally, it should have a
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Probate Homes for Sale

Pros of buying probate homes for sale

  • If there are heirs, they may be willing to selling the home for a bit less than market value because they want to get rid of it quickly.
  • When you are able to purchase these homes for sale at a price lower than market value, it could make it easier to get the financing that you need to close the deal.
  • With a lower price, it gives you some money to make a few improvements so you can resell it for a profit.

Cons of buying probate homes for sale

  • Where these homes for sale are located could limit the number of buyers if you have bought the home and are trying to resell it for a profit. When the home is located in an area where many of the houses are rundown and look un-kept, or in an area with a high rate of crime you may be stuck with the home.
  • If you do not have it inspected before purchasing the home you could find out that the plumbing and electrical systems needs to be completely restricted. This could lessen the amount of
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Economy Impacts Real Estate

  1. Taxes: When local real estate taxes are comparatively low, the effect on monthly carrying charges, is a positive, for the housing market. When they rise, they cause homeowners, to have to pay more monthly. Some houses, neighborhoods, regions, counties, etc, have lower taxes than others, so when one region abruptly raises rates, that local market is hurt, and certain surrounding areas benefit. In addition, in higher tax areas, such as New York, New Jersey, Connecticut. Massachusetts, Illinois, California, last year’s tax legislation, may have potential longer – term ramifications, on the housing market. That inclusion, known as State and Local Taxes, or SALT, limited/ capped the federal tax deduction, permitted, for state and local taxes, to a total of $10,000. Since many houses in these regions, have much higher taxes, and, several of these areas, also have state and/ or regional taxes, these caps, have the potential, to harm the real estate market, especially, if, they increase, any more.
  2. Jobs: Do people perceive, they have job security? Is the job market, strong, or relatively weak? Are incomes increasing? The more confident, and comfortable, qualified potential buyers, are, the stronger the market.
  3. Overall economy, and world news:
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Orlando Real Estate Investments

Above all, if anyone is proposing to shift their business activity to align with the growing opportunities in Orlando, they can definitely look for some help from the real estate agents who are in a better position to explain the local government rules.

The real estate agent will give details about available space in commercial establishments. The local government’s auction of undeveloped land has fetched record prices and proved that there is great demand for real estate from buyers across the county. With the growing inquiries from prospective buyers, the real estate business is witnessing growth in Orlando. Buyers can get more information regarding MLS listings online from the Realtors’ database also. This information helps most of the people to arrive at a decision before making any purchase.

The major attraction of the world famous entertainment destinations like Disney World, Universal Studios and others fuels the real-estate boom. These entertainment places are going to witness more additions, and these are likely to bring in more visitors. More convention centers and business avenues are really changing the face of Orlando and positioning it as the top destination in the country. This is giving added fillip to the

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Preparing To Sell Your Home

  1. Check your title: Consider your property, and find out, if there are any outstanding issues, that might create challenges, to transferring a clean title, when you sell your house. These may include: building permits, which were never closed – out properly; work done, without proper permits; any property – line impingements, which might be problematic; tax or other liens; etc.
  2. Look objectively, not emotionally: It’s often difficult for homeowners to objectively evaluate their properties, which is one of the essential reasons, to hire the right real estate professional, who might look, with an objective – eye! We all develop some degree of emotional attachment to our home, but it’s important to recognize, those wonderful moments, and significant, life cycle, experiences, while invaluable to you, add no value, to potential buyers. Your real estate agent should provide you, with a professionally designed, Competitive Market Analysis, or CMA, in order to price your home right/ correctly, from the start!
  3. What would you be willing to pay, and why?: Ask yourself, introspectively, objectively, and honestly, if you were a buyer, looking at your house, what would you be willing to pay, and why? Consider the strengths and weaknesses, and
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