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To Tap or not to Tap is the ongoing question of the decade. Should you place a filter on your water from your refrigerator or faucet? Here are two articles that are worth the read. What's your decision? http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/03/100310/why-tap-water-is-better/ http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/tap-water/faq-20058017 ...
Read Post [Posted on 07/23/2014 By Chantell Newsome]
With the growth of green building the last decade, green lending has emerged to help finance those often costly “green” upgrades.  Dave Porter, with PorterWorks in Stanton, Wash., who provides continuing education courses on green lending to those in the real estate industry, says there are several basic types of green mortgages, which most of the public still isn’t very aware about. For e...
Read Post [Posted on 07/23/2014 By John Askins]
The median sales price of homes with green, eco-friendly features is $47,600 higher than for homes without any green features, according to a new analysis by the real estate brokerage, Redfin. Green features include solar panels, low-flow faucets, dual-pane windows, energy-efficient appliances, strong environmental ratings, and certifications from programs such as Energy Star or LEED. “A...
Read Post [Posted on 07/23/2014 By John Askins]
According to surveys, buyers want more environmentally sensitive home features, and they are willing to pay for them. But builders say not enough appraisers are recognizing green’s worth and factoring it into their property valuations. "Appraisers just don't get it," says William T. Nolan, a Florida consultant to home builders. "We can't get them to appreciate the value of net costs. And if w...
Read Post [Posted on 07/23/2014 By John Askins]
Soon, you may actually be able to text and drive, as driverless cars are closer to reality than you may think. In fact, Bosch, a global automotive supplier, said during a recent conference that it will likely have a completely automatically powered car available to the public within the next seven to 10 years. It already has two models that it is testing in San Francisco and Germany that...
Read Post [Posted on 07/20/2014 By John Askins]
Houston's most eccentric area, The Heights, is introducing it's first official Parklet!Welcome, Parklets, to Houston! We have been curious as to your sudden existence. A bit mystified as to what your purpose is exactly.In essence, a parklet is a temporary man-made uber-mini park in the middle of a concrete parking lot.Parklets are not entirely new to Houston.  There was one briefly set u...
Read Post [Posted on 07/15/2014 By Gail Medina]
UPDATE- Sold before it went onto MLSThis unique property in Bellaire was the subject of numerous articles and awards for its energy efficient Hebel Block, concrete and steel  construction techniques. Gorgeous interiors with tall windows with transoms, tall celings (16'), large rooms and a kitchen designed by an award-winning designer with Brookhaven cabinetry and Wolf, Thermado...
Read Post [Posted on 07/09/2014 By Judith Sinnard]
Monday, July 7, 2014 Energy Efficient Appliances: Are they really worth the Price? Our society is quickly becoming an environmentally-conscious one. You have likely heard the cases made for energy efficient homes that will not only protect the planet, but save you money on your monthly bills. The only problem is that we also live in a budget-conscious world, and replacing a...
Read Post [Posted on 07/08/2014 By Susan Booker]
While you're shopping for warm-weather summer bargains, you can save yourself cool cash year-round on your utility bills by looking into an energy-saving alternatives...here's a few suggestions:  Faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads: Reduce how much water you use and the amount of energy required to heat it. You can find these for under $10 and $25. Pressure cooke...
Read Post [Posted on 07/07/2014 By John Askins]
Houston Summer has been inundated with rain recently!Good for our outdoor plants, for our grass, for our home's foundation and for the pleasant temperatures.Not so good for traveling or commuting to/from work.Ideas for days when the rain has you stuck at home?  I have 5 great ones that will help you feel good about your rained in day.  It will require you to be outside, but - hey, a litt...
Read Post [Posted on 06/26/2014 By Gail Medina]
 There are plenty of reasons to celebrate June, but let's start with just one: It's summertime.The solstice isn't until June 21, but not all plants know that.Lots of gardeners have already begun their summer planting and maintenance.A good way to start is to plant extra bulbs now for a burst of brightness later in the summer, when some of your early favorites have begun to fade. Dahlia, gladi...
Read Post [Posted on 06/25/2014 By Latonya Porchia]
Keep Humidity OUT!As the days grow longer and hotter....The question of how to get the humidity out of your house may have crossed your mind.The answer is not simply putting the A/C on at a cool temperature.  The humidity can still seep in regardless.  Furthermore, if you make the house too cold while the outdoors get steaming hot - well, that's just the best combo for mold spores to app...
Read Post [Posted on 06/20/2014 By Gail Medina]
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Read Post [Posted on 06/18/2014 By Susan Greer]
DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014An upswing in green building is expected over the next four years as more widespread adoption takes hold, according to survey respondents in McGraw Hill’s latest SmartMarket Report.More than one-third of single-family builders, or 34 percent, report that more than 60 percent of their projects are "green." What’s more, 62 percent of builders say t...
Read Post [Posted on 06/13/2014 By Almas Devshi]
Many home builders can make some big mistakes when marketing their high-performance green houses, researcher Suzanne Shelton, CEO of the Shelton Group, said at the recent NAHB National Green Building Conference in Nashville, Tenn.The first mistake is assuming that consumers prefer green homes. Shelton's research has found that about 40 percent of buyers are interested in a green home, but as many ...
Read Post [Posted on 06/06/2014 By John Askins]
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