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Make Sure Money Isn’t Spilling Out Your Garage!

Make Sure Your Garage Isn’t Tacking Money On Utility Bills…

As ever-increasing home energy bills continue to plague Americans, homeowners are looking for cost-effective ways to reduce their heating and cooling costs. If your house has not been properly insulated, you may be paying more than you should to heat or cool it.

Nearly all modern homes have insulation throughout the living spaces, but garages commonly get overlooked. Because the garage is the last barrier between your home and the outdoors, it’s important to ensure the insulation is adequate. You can do a few simple things to make sure your garage is insulated properly.

First, it’s important to ensure that the door leading from your home to the garage is sealed properly.

Other areas to consider when checking your garage’s energy efficiency are the ceiling and the garage door threshold. If there is a room above your garage, it may be beneficial to bolster the insulation in the garage’s ceiling to help keep the living space above it comfortable. For the threshold, installing a rubber seal-strip on the floor where the garage door closes helps prevent air leaks, and keeps out insects and rodents.

That said, one of the most important areas to examine is the garage door itself. While installing a pre-insulated garage door can cost up to a thousand dollars or more, and requires a skilled contractor, there is a simple and inexpensive DIY solution to insulate your garage — garage door insulation kits.

Homeowners can easily insulate their existing garage doors with these kits, which are readily available in leading home improvement stores or online. These affordable and easy-to-use kits are made to fit standard garage door sizes and can be cut to fit non-standard sizes. With pre-packaged insulation, do-it-yourselfers can insulate their garage door in less than an hour, at a cost of less than $100. Kits use energy-efficient expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation panels — a rigid white foam that trims easily, is durable, offers excellent long-term insulation, and gives your garage a professionally finished look.

During fall and winter, the insulation helps keep heat inside the garage so that the furnace does not work as hard and use as much energy. In the summer, the insulation helps keep the sun’s heat at bay so the garage can stay cool. Insulating your garage also helps reduce interior noise and can earn federal tax credits as an energy-efficient upgrade (check your local energy guides for more information).

Source: The Dallas Morning NewsGetContent.asp

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Take A Virtual Tour Of This Amazing Allen, Texas Home For Sale!


Gorgeous Allen, Texas Home For Sale!


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$594,000
Single Family Home
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3 Bedrooms
3 Bathrooms
1 Unit
Interior: 2,611 sqft
Location
932 Charles River Court
Allen, TX 75013
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3 ways homesellers scare off buyers!

You would think that people who want to sell their home would steer clear of anything that repels buyers. Yet, sellers unintentionally turn off buyers with all kinds of simple mistakes. Here are some of the biggies.

Mistake #1 – Price your home high to see if you get any bites

Wouldn’t it be great if you asked for $100,000 more than your home is worth and somebody bought it? Sure … so would winning the lottery.

Even if you get an offer at an inflated price, financing problems may pop up. (Lenders don’t like to provide loans for more than what an appraiser thinks a home is worth.)

And if you consider a high asking price a great negotiating tactic, think again. Most buyers will consider you unreasonable and won’t make an offer at all.

Mistake #2 – Neglect the little things

You’re busy. But if you don’t take the the time to keep your home tidy, make minor repairs, and freshen up the landscaping, you will lose some buyers who otherwise might have been interested. Taking care of small details – or not – also can make a difference in how much a buyer offers you.

Mistake #3 – Hover when buyers view your home

Of course buyers want to know the best features of your home and get answers to their questions. But it’s a rare buyer who feels comfortable viewing a property with the current owners looking over their shoulder.

There are many other ways to give off a bad impression of your home. Fortunately, Texas REALTORS® have seen them all and can give you advice to make sure your property attracts buyers.

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Marty Kramer | Consumer columnist

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Single-Family Starts Save the Day

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Housing starts rose 0.9% in August pushed by a solid 7% increase in single-family starts and tempered by an 11% fall in multifamily starts. The single-family increase was broad; all four census regions showed increases ranging from 17.5% in the West to 2.3% in the South. Monthly multifamily starts have saw-toothed up and down for several months with four up months and four down months in 2013.

Housing permits demonstrated the same signal with single-family permits up 3% nationally and up or unchanged in every region. August single-family permits at 627,000 are the highest since May 2008. Similar to starts, multifamily permits were down 15.7% to an annual level of 291,000. The three month moving average, a more stable measure of multifamily, has remained above 300,000 since the middle of last year.

The solid single-family report provides additional evidence of the slow but steady improvement in single-family owner-occupied construction that begin in earnest in early 2012. The seasonally-adjusted construction rate increased 36% since January 2012. Even with the steady rise, single-family starts remain at less than half a normal rate of 1.4 to 1.5 million per year. The broad increase across four regions in permits and starts is a solid signal that builders do see continued improvement. NAHB is forecasting a 17% increase in single-family construction in 2013 over 2012 and a more robust 31% increase in 2014.

Source:  Eye On Housing

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How to Know if a Neighborhood is Right for You

How to Know if a Neighborhood is Right for You.

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5 bed5 baths 11,100 sq.ft$
1,700,000 Starting Bid
GORGEOUS TUSCAN ESTATE IN DALLAS-FORT WORTH

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Starting Bid $1,700,000
Auction Date: June 08, 2013
Auction Time: 12:00 PM PST
Address: 5800 Shorefront Lane
City: Flower Mound (map)
State: TX
ZIP: 75022

About this property:
Gorgeous lake view Tuscan Villa located in an enchanting gated community, ideally located between downtown Dallas and Fort Worth.

Open the front doors to reveal a gorgeous 11,100 sq ft private retreat, located in a prestigious gated community. Built in 2011, you’ll discover stunning architectural details throughout, from cathedral ceilings and exposed wood beams. This property boasts 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and sits on 2 acres of land. One of the most unique features of this upscale estate is its exceptional wine tasting room and climate controlled wine cellar with custom iron doors, island and barrel ceiling.

This impeccable home offers lavish rough Italian marble and hand scraped wood floors, coffered ceilings, a grand layout with a pristine pool and expansive views of the pond from every room. This villa offers multiple outdoor sitting areas, spa, waterfall, and breath taking views of the arbor, pond and fountain. If you’re looking for some adventure, Grapevine Lake is only a half a mile away providing wonderful fishing, recreational boating, camping, hiking and much more.

In partnership with Jim Striegel of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Solutions.

Bond #351269 // DRE # 01375969 // DRE#482524

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