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Geothermal energy. Minimizing use of concrete. Making windows more energy efficient. There are many ways that new homes can showcase environmentally friendly technologies. Here are a few of the current trends in home building for buyers looking to decrease their energy consumption or their carbon footprint.

Geothermal Heat Pumps

The average American household uses well over 50 percent of total energy consumption on heating and cooling. Anything you can do to decrease the amount of energy you use puts less stress on the city’s energy supply and also saves money. Geothermal heat pumps rely on the relatively stable temperature of the earth to heat and cool the home throughout the year. Heat pumps move heat from one place to another, instead of

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When it comes to preparing a home to be put on the market, deciding which home improvement projects to undertake can feel like being lost on unfamiliar roads without a map. Completing the right home renovation projects can help homeowners get better offers when it's time to sell, but knowing which home renovation projects take priority can be a challenge if you've never sold a house before. In general, there's a hierarchy of home improvement projects. Here's roadmap to important home renovation projects that can help sellers get better offers and sell more quickly.

Deferred Maintenance

Homebuyers like turnkey properties. Problems with the home that arise from deferred maintenance, such as roof repair, HVAC system repair, and window repair, can all

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Homes Other Than a Traditional Single-Family If you are not buying a single-family home, you might face a dizzying variety of terms for homes that have several units in a building, or just one or two.

Buying a home in a community is often less expensive, with more amenities than you could get with a single-family property. Understanding the differences between condominiums, townhomes, duplexes and twin homes helps you to determine which type is ideal for your search.

1. Condominium

The conventional concept of a condominium is simply an apartment that you own. While this is a common arrangement for condos, it is not the only one. Condos can be located in a multi-unit building or be detached from one another. Some condos are structured vertically so that they look somewhat like townhomes.

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Spring Flowers Outside of Home Are you thinking about buying a home this spring? If so, now is the time to start your search. Looking at listings, finding a real estate agent and getting pre-approved for a mortgage are smart first steps to help you buy a property you’ll love.

Select a Real Estate Agent

Your real estate agent will be your guide through the home buying process. It’s important that the real estate agent you choose is reputable. It’s also important to choose a real estate agent that you can work with closely.

Ask friends and relatives for references as you choose a real estate agent in your area, then interview each candidate to choose the best real estate agent for your needs. If you’re buying under special circumstances, like you want to buy a home in

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Making Sure Home is Up to Code Over the last several decades, the increasing use of residential building permits and inspection processes has helped to improve the quality of all types of residential housing, including single family homes, condos, and multi family units. 

Used primarily in incorporated urban and municipal areas, mandatory building inspections and permits help to ensure that initial construction processes, renovations, and repairs all meet a basic standard for safety and quality. In addition, because the permit applications and inspections are considered public record, they provide historical data that can be helpful to future home owners, real estate professionals, and those involved locally in making planning and zoning decisions for their city or town. 

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Improving Your Home's Appearance Your home’s exterior plays an important role in the sale of your home. Making exterior improvements can boost your home’s curb appeal and draw attention from buyers even before they walk in your front door.

A good first impression can lead to larger offers and a faster sale - here are some common ways sellers can get the attention of prospective buyers.

Repaint or Install New Siding

Repaint or install new siding to give your home’s exterior a fresh, clean appearance. This is especially helpful if your home is starting to look a bit run down from the outside. Remember that, on average, siding replacement has an expected ROI of between 70 and 80 percent, so you should be able to recoup a lot of your costs at the time of sale.

When choosing a

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Septic Tank in New Home For home buyers who have never lived in a home served by its own on-site septic system, the thought of buying such a home may sound challenging.

In actuality, however, on-site septic systems that have been properly installed and correctly maintained are clean, odor-free, and surprisingly efficient and cost-effective to operate. If you are in the market to purchase a home and are considering one served by its own on-site septic system, the following information will help you understand how they work, as well as how to recognize potential septic system issues as you view and compare homes on the market. 

Understanding the Basic On-Site Home Septic System 

Most urban and suburban homes are connected to a large sewage collection and treatment

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Home Gardening and Landscaping Tips Your home's landscaping is one of the first things that home buyers will see when they come to look at your property.

If you're planning to sell your home this spring, one of the best ways to attract positive attention to your property is by dressing up your landscaping. Colorful flowers, tidy gardens and convenient pathways can all "wow" buyers at showings.

Make It Colorful

Colorful flowers will draw attention to your property, making your home seem more inviting and attractive to buyers. Standard annuals like impatiens, marigolds, begonias, petunias and zinnias tend to produce lots of blooms very quickly, requiring little or no fertilizing. Best of all, annuals are available in massive quantities in garden centers at the start of the spring,

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Current Staging Tips When you stage your home, you want it to appear both timeless and current. This requires you to pay some attention to the latest home design trends, so that your home does not feel like it is ten years outdated.

With these tips about colors, upgrades and placement, you can target your staging budget to present a current and unified look.

1. Shades of Neutral

Few things brighten up a space more quickly or cheaply than a fresh coat of paint. While many experts still urge you to go for white as the ultimate neutral, there are sometimes reasons to consider something else. For the past few years, shades of gray have taken the stage as the preferred color in walls, flooring and accents. Even colors like taupe and beige are making a big comeback, and

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Home Selling First Impression Next to location, curb appeal is generally one of the most significant issues when selling a home. Buyers want a place that looks nice, well-kept, and "like home" to them.

Because that feeling or look of home may be different to every buyer, the best option for a seller is to make sure the house looks pleasant and neutral. With that in mind, here are six ways a seller can improve curb appeal.

1. Neutral Paint on the Home's Exterior

Re-painting the outside of a home can be costly, but can go a very long way toward curb appeal. If repainting the exterior is not realistic, focusing on the front door, trim, and porch area may also add value. Any peeling, old, or faded paint can detract from the curb appeal of the house, as can unusually bright or

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