Cool House Tour 2008

March 26th, 2015


The Texas Solar Energy Society invites you to cool houses in Austin on Sunday, June 22nd, from noon until 6pm. The eighteen sites that are part of the tour are models in energy efficiency and green building practices. A variety of homes using combinations of solar energy, rainwater collection systems, green building materials, energy-saving climate control, and water-saving techniques will be open to visitors. To join the tour, purchase the guidebook online or from the Austin Central Market (starting June 1st). The guidebooks contain directions and the features of each site. Visitors also get the chance to talk to the designers, builders and owners of these homes.

Alternative Building Center

March 19th, 2015


Alternative Building Center in Eureka, California offers quality building products from paint stains and finishes to flooring, kitchen countertops to carpets, lighting to bathroom fixtures. The lines they carry are carefully selected green building materials to help you minimize your ecological footprint without having to go far from Humboldt County. ABC advocates Green Building and a health-conscious, environment-friendly approach to design and use. They also offer e-newsletters through their website. They will be celebrating their first year anniversary on June 7th, so stop by if you’re in the area to join special activities including product demos on that day.

Real Estate Investing

March 12th, 2015


Now that the mortgage rate has been cut, consider investing in real estate. There is a lot of money in the real estate market, but first you must know what properties make good investments. Many people agree that single family homes are good investments because they are easiest to buy. These homes can be found all over the country. Also, there are many foreclosures which can really do you well in the long run. When you find a foreclosure you will be able to purchase it for well below market value. In turn, your return on investment will come about sooner rather than later. Single family homes come at different price points and in a number of different forms. You can find lower cost homes or expensive ones. The choice is yours based on your available money, and what you are trying to accomplish with your real estate investment.

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Eliminating Risks (Part 4)

March 5th, 2015

As mentioned earlier, your seller’s agent must be someone with credible reputation. He or she must be a professional who is experienced in such matter. The ones you choose would become your tour guides. They will show you the gory details of the property. Defects and strong points should be acknowledged. Even the smallest matters should not be overlooked.

Find someone who doesn’t hide the defects of the property and someone who doesn’t hesitate to honestly answer your every question. This would be better to avoid the risk of getting scammed. It is better to make sure about this important venture-investment.

Eliminating Risks (Part 1)

February 26th, 2015


Many people believe that there are already safeguards when entering or investing in the real estate industry. But this is where they are wrong. There may be a load of benefits in investing but there are still some procedures that require attention so as not to cause unnecessary consequences.

The author shall then discuss in the following articles about the possible ways on how to eliminate or avoid risks. This especially goes for amateur investors who are just about to purchase a home of their own. Intuition or feelings alone are not enough in this industry. You have to know and be sure so as to avoid jumping into a pit of trap.


February 19th, 2015

あなたがパリ、ロンドン、ニューヨーク、シンガポールに住んでいるなら、これらの重要な街に住む生活費を感じているでしょう。 世界の不動産ガイドの2008年の最も高価な街という記事によると、これらの街は最も高価なアパートやマンションを持ちます。 高度に都市化されたこれらの地域では空間は最高級品です。 そのため、ラッキーにもこれらの街に住んでいる人々はアパートやマンションを住宅として選択します。

もちろん、バルセロナや香港や東京や上海に住むには有利な点があります。 結局のところ、これらの街は商業、政府、レジャーの中心部です。 これらの街は文化と政治活動の拠点です。 また急速に都市化と経済発展を遂げている場でもあります。

あなたがこれらのエリアに不動産を持っているラッキーな人なら、ぜひ持ち続けてください。 貸すだけでも結構なお金を儲けることが出来ます。

Why Buy “Beater” Homes

February 12th, 2015

When searching for a home, you should not buy the most expensive in the block, but instead buy “beater” homes. For example, in homes costing $300,000, you can probably get a cosmetically unattractive home for low price of $230,000. Then with a little improvement like landscaping for $1,000, painting for $5,000, and fixing cracks for $10,000, you already have a $300,000 home value, which you have only paid for $246,000 including improvements.

Words of caution though, buy the house only if the problems are cosmetic. If the home has foundation problems or termite problems, it is not worth it to repair those because it will cost a lot of money.

Eliminating Risks (Part 5)

February 5th, 2015


One more risk is the part of legality. Documents and paper works are not to be taken lightly. They are going to be proofs of your purchase and your agreement. It would be better if you are to check the legal matters yourself. Ask different professionals and compare their answers if they are consistent with what the seller’s agent had offered. Do not risk being fooled by the discrepancies and inconsistencies.

You can also consult the help of lawyers if your budget allows it. Make sure to check if these documents are certified to be real and authentic or not.

Urban Renewal Fuels Property Tax Jump

January 29th, 2015

7.jpgIn Portland, the property tax has substantially risen as compared to the previous years which are attributed to the Urban Renewal program in the City of Portland. Compared to last year’s statistics, there was a 14.72 percent increase in the property tax of the city.

During recent years, the share of the urban renewal in the city budget has been steadily increasing from 18.9 percent three years ago to where it stands now at 22.24 percent of the property tax levy which is very close to the 23.06 percent allocation for fire and police pension. With 45.3 percent of the property tax collection going to urban renewal and pension for fire and police, roughly 55 percent is left for other services.

Government Grants for First-Time Home Buyers

January 22nd, 2015

The American Dream Down Payment Act authorizes $200 million in grant aid for each of the coming four years to low-income, first-time home buyers. It certainly is a dream come true for many people who have harbored the fantasy of buying a home but were not able to get the cash for it.It is a joint government and banking program to help people put together that initial down payment which is crucial in buying a home. Such ventures also uplift the economy of the country, when loans are more accessible to people and first time home buyers.

Interest rates are hitting an all-time low, and assistance professionals are urging you to come forward and avail of this opportunity. Not only do these grants help in that down payment, but also are tremendously useful when closing the mortgage. The sooner you pay it off, the better. Even bad credit doesn’t go against you if you are a first-time home buyer, in the sense that you haven?t had housing ownership in your name within the last three years.