Thinking about upgrading a few of your homes components to improve the efficiency of your home? If so, consider getting an energy rating done. This will help you pinpoint the most cost effective upgrades you should make to help lower your utility bills. Keep in mind energy ratings differ from energy audits. Energy ratings receive a score between 1-100 depending on the homes efficiency. Once the numbered rating is determined, the rating is then equated into a STAR rating system ranging from 1 star to 5 stars. A home with a 5 star rating is highly efficient and a home with a 1 star rating is said to be very inefficient. The energy rating focuses on insulation, windows, HVAC systems, solar orientation of a home and water heating systems. The energy rating will also give you an estimate of your properties energy costs. Make sure you hire a certified energy rater to preform the test. Energy ratings are used for both new and existing homes and are a recognized tool in the mortgage industry. This is great if you are looking to refinance your home with an energy efficient mortgage, because the mortgage allows you to roll in the homes upgrades. Energy Efficient Mortgages are also offered to buyers looking to purchase a home and roll in the cost of the upgrades. For more information on energy efficient mortgages go to our website www.archwoodproperties.com and click on the resources/ finance tab. Please do not hesitate to contact us with question regarding energy efficient mortgages and energy ratings.
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Recently the National Association of Home Builders and Bank of America Home Equity teamed up to create the “Life Expectancy of Home Components”. The study breaks down a few of the key components of a home and estimates the longevity of those components. The article targets appliances, concrete and masonry, decks, doors, flooring, heating and cooling, and last but not least roofing. Did you know the longevity of wood, marble, slate and granite floors is 100 years!!! To read the entire article written by James and Morris Carey/ for the associated press, simply click on the link below. As alway’s please do not hesitate to contact Archwood Properties for all your Real Estate needs. Visit us at www.archwoodproperties.com, or call us at 214-923-0261.
Plano has just been ranked #1 in the 2008 Salary Value Index provided by Salary.com. It was compiled of 69 cities with a population of more than 250,000 people, and ranked the cities on building personal wealth and raising a family. You can find the article here
http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/stories/2008/06/30/daily14.html?ana=from_rss on the Dallas Business Journal website.
Plano is one of the top cities in the D/FW area, and now it’s getting recognized on a national level. Plano’s strong school system and high saturation of company headquarters makes it the perfect place to buy a home and raise a family. Job opportunities are endless with the amount of company headquarters, and allows people to build wealth with large companies. I feel that this is great for the economy of Plano, because it will bring in more people and companies into the area. Also, it will help out our housing market by bringing in more people to buy and rent homes in the area. For more information on the Plano area or other areas in D/FW please contact us at email@example.com or call 214-505-9420.