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Geoff Bray, Real Estate Pro in Minneapolis, MN
Right at the start of the year, Google announced a surprising move. It said it was purchasing a home appliance maker most of us had never even heard of…for $3.2 billion in cash! It was a gambit that… Read more
Blogged Wed Apr 2, 2014 by Geoff Bray Tech Tips Going Green Home Ownership
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Steven Hong -…, Real Estate Pro in Minneapolis, MN
In this article, I write about 3 common types of furnaces that you'll find in Minneapolis houses. The forced-air furnace is the most common type, the hot water boiler being the second most common, and… Read more
Blogged Wed Jun 5, 2013 by Steven Hong - RE/MAX Results Home Buying Going Green Home Ownership
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Michael Emery, Real Estate Pro in Minneapolis, MN
Twin City customers of Xcel Energy may qualify for a program that's designed to reduce energy consumption while also making homes more energy efficient.The program, offered to Xcel customers based on income… Read more
Blogged Mon Mar 5, 2012 by Michael Emery General Area Going Green
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Reuben Saltz…, Real Estate Pro in Minneapolis, MN
Have you ever noticed how snow will melt around the foundation on older houses?  This will happen at any house with unheated foundation walls, and it's a great visual indication of how the house is… Read more
Blogged Wed Dec 14, 2011 by Reuben Saltzman Remodel & Renovate Going Green
Reuben Saltz…, Real Estate Pro in Minneapolis, MN
Yes, you read that right.  I'm thankful for closed cell foam insulation.  Of course, I'm thankful for my family, health, and all that other jazz, but this is a blog about home inspections and home… Read more
Blogged Wed Dec 7, 2011 by Reuben Saltzman Remodel & Renovate Going Green Property Q&A
Reuben Saltz…, Real Estate Pro in Minneapolis, MN
In last week's blog post, I discussed the amount of money I might save by having a tankless water heater installed, and I concluded that I would never see a return on my investment.  I received… Read more
Blogged Tue Oct 25, 2011 by Reuben Saltzman Remodel & Renovate Going Green
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Reuben Saltz…, Real Estate Pro in Minneapolis, MN
Tankless water heaters are sexy.  They take up less floor space, they provide an endless flow of hot water, they're environmentally conscious... and they're really expensive.   If you enjoy showing… Read more
Blogged Tue Oct 18, 2011 by Reuben Saltzman Remodel & Renovate Going Green
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Reuben Saltz…, Real Estate Pro in Minneapolis, MN
Unfortunately, the easiest way to add insulation to just about any place in your home is to install fiberglass batts.  Fiberglass batts are typically the worst insulation for any job, as I complained… Read more
Blogged Wed Mar 30, 2011 by Reuben Saltzman Remodel & Renovate Going Green
Reuben Saltz…, Real Estate Pro in Minneapolis, MN
Fiberglass batts are a poor choice of insulation for most applications, yet this still seems to be the insulation of choice for most handy homeowners.  I'm been complaining about fiberglass batts for… Read more
Blogged Tue Mar 22, 2011 by Reuben Saltzman Going Green Design & Decor Property Q&A
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Shawna Gibson, Real Estate Pro in Minneapolis, MN
If you’re looking for ways to help you save more and spend less, one of the best places to start could be right at home. Put these tips to work to help cut your next electric bill. 10. Install Motion… Read more
Blogged Fri Feb 18, 2011 by Shawna Gibson Home Buying Home Selling Going Green
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Reuben Saltz…, Real Estate Pro in Minneapolis, MN
If you're tired of dealing with ice dams and you've decided to finally get your attic re-insulated, please read this first.  You might save yourself a lot of time and money.Over the past two months,… Read more
Blogged Fri Feb 18, 2011 by Reuben Saltzman Remodel & Renovate Going Green Property Q&A
Joe Houghton, Real Estate Pro in Minneapolis, MN
To eliminate mold, seek a credentialed professional who understands the inspection, sampling, and clean-up process. If you've found mold growing in your home, what you should do next depends on where… Read more
Blogged Mon Jan 24, 2011 by Joe Houghton Remodel & Renovate Going Green Design & Decor
Joe Houghton, Real Estate Pro in Minneapolis, MN
To eliminate mold, seek a credentialed professional who understands the inspection, sampling, and clean-up process. If you've found mold growing in your home, what you should do next depends on where… Read more
Blogged Sun Jan 23, 2011 by Joe Houghton Remodel & Renovate Going Green Design & Decor
Reuben Saltz…, Real Estate Pro in Minneapolis, MN
After recently attending a seminar on permanent wood foundations (PWFs), I've been turned in to a big fan of wood foundations, but now I'm also pretty sure that about 99% of the wood foundations get built… Read more
Blogged Sat Dec 11, 2010 by Reuben Saltzman Home Buying Going Green
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Joe Houghton, Real Estate Pro in Minneapolis, MN
Sow a community garden to save money on produce, eat better, and build relationships with neighbors.A community garden can provide a fulfilling and useful way to bond with your neighbors, promote healthier… Read more
Blogged Sat Nov 27, 2010 by Joe Houghton General Area Going Green In My Neighborhood
Joe Houghton, Real Estate Pro in Minneapolis, MN
Save money over granite and be kind to your home planet. How? Pick a green kitchen countertop material when you remodel your kitchen.If you're replacing your kitchen countertops, it's smart to go green… Read more
Blogged Wed Nov 10, 2010 by Joe Houghton Remodel & Renovate Going Green Design & Decor
Joe Houghton, Real Estate Pro in Minneapolis, MN
Fill out a questionnaire, conduct a DIY energy audit, hire a professional energy auditor, or use a combination of all three to find out how much energy your home is wasting.An energy audit will tell you… Read more
Blogged Wed Nov 10, 2010 by Joe Houghton Home Buying Home Selling Going Green
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Reuben Saltz…, Real Estate Pro in Minneapolis, MN
I've lived in a one-and-one-half story house in Minneapolis for the last six years, and I feel like I've earned the right to complain about them.  My main beef with them is insulation and ventilation;… Read more
Blogged Sun Oct 31, 2010 by Reuben Saltzman Home Buying Remodel & Renovate Going Green
Reuben Saltz…, Real Estate Pro in Minneapolis, MN
When I inspect a home in Minneapolis or Saint Paul that has electric baseboard heat, it's usually a dead giveaway that someone did some remodeling, or someone flipped the house.  In fact, the only houses… Read more
Blogged Wed Oct 20, 2010 by Reuben Saltzman Home Buying Remodel & Renovate Going Green
Reuben Saltz…, Real Estate Pro in Minneapolis, MN
In my blog about window replacements, I made it clear that you'll never get a return on your investment by replacing windows.   So what about furnaces?  If you're replacing your furnace,… Read more
Blogged Wed Oct 6, 2010 by Reuben Saltzman Remodel & Renovate Going Green
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