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Thu Jan 21, 2016
Zee Hassan asked:
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Wed Oct 14, 2015
Jame.griffin answered:
There are two main types of residential solar installations.
The first and most common system connects your solar panel installation with the main electricity grid. This Grid Connect system allows you to feed energy back into the grid through your meter, and be financially rewarded for it by your energy company.
The other is a 'Stand-Alone' solar power system for remote properties where the cost of connecting the solar panel installation to the main grid is prohibitive. The system charges a battery bank, which in turn is used to power a house. A generator is usually kept available to back up the battery system.
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Sun Jul 19, 2015
Surrburton asked:
That house is owned by the Bearden family. Will you please remove the picture from that listing? I am not currently interested in selling 1220 Hazel.
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Tue Jul 14, 2015
Kiyakcan answered:
in calif, are there any mobile homes that have solar energy? I live in a mobile home park.
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Mon Jun 22, 2015
Albiecardew answered:
I agree that spending a bit more money to get a better quality is worth it if you can spare it. Your home is an investment, and that can cost money. However, it's worth it to make sure that you are getting the proper upgrades, especially when it is something basic like insulation. ... more
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Tue Jun 9, 2015
John Reeves answered:
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Thu Apr 30, 2015
Rick Isaacs asked:
also need buy land Galveston, Brazoria county. On owner finance
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Mon Apr 27, 2015
Ereka Jones answered:
Unfortunately many of the "nicer" areas with 1 acre lots will have build restrictions.

I would recommend one of the cities in Ellis or Johnson counties.
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Tue Apr 14, 2015
Kelsey Compars answered:
There could be a number of different reasons for a replacement like that. Even if it is working it may be time for an update. I know my parents just had their really old water heater replaced. ... more
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Sun Mar 22, 2015
Ron Krauch answered:
Ten years ago, I would say no. However, technology has evolved to be more attractive and productive. With that said, I would still look at solar panel installation from an economic point of view. Right now, systems generally can't pay for themselves without tax credits and other incentives available. Return on investment is very site-specific. You will have to enlist the help of experts to help you make that call.

I think we are getting closer to residential solar to being more than a novelty, but not quite yet. So, for me, right now, in the Chicago area, it's still a no. That may change.

Ron Krauch
Emerald Estates Realty, Inc.
Palos Heights, IL 60463
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Fri Mar 6, 2015
dave7698 answered:
Buyer BEWARE! We purchased and installed two rooms of the Morning Star Bamboo flooring this past fall. It was touted as being the hardest flooring available and care free...Ours is cupping in both rooms and scratches abound as well. LL refuses to come look and have only sent a letter stating we must have done something wrong or have a water leak in our foundation. LL does not stand behind their product. We don't have any water pipes in our foundation (mani-block system). We don't have humidity issues since we have a Lennox A/C-heater system that maintains it at 40% typically year round.

We used their products to place it down. It was easy to do and it looked nice for about 6 weeks...We use the cleaning products and process they told us to follow as well. Our home has never had any water or moisture concerns, though simply looking at pictures we sent to them, they say we do.

We liked the green aspects, but have wasted $4K doing it...

Dave Wagoner, Cibilo, TX
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Tue Feb 24, 2015
Caleb Hart answered:
There's a couple of ways to find a good landscaping service. My favorite way to do it is by word of mouth. It's great to ask your friends and family what kind of services they have gotten. If they're satisfied, you will likely be satisfied as well. ... more
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Mon Feb 23, 2015
Kelly Pessis answered:
If you try and retrofit after, you are likely to pay more. A good example is solar panels for the electrical service or water heater - it is not just the cost of putting in the panels it is the additional cost of tying it in to your existing system, permitting and, in some cases, moving vents, skylights, etc., to meet fire department codes for roof accessibility. There are all sorts of unforeseen obstacles that add up when it is not planned into the original construction. If you have the option to add to new construction and finance it into your mortgage, it is probably best in the long run. ... more
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Thu Feb 5, 2015
Caleb Hart answered:
It's interesting that there are solar cell shingles out there. I feel like that would really help you conserve electricity. How many cells do you need in order to collect enough energy? I'm really curious about this. ... more
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Tue Jan 6, 2015
Mark Leach answered:
I want to redo the the landscaping on my home. I know that it will increase the curb appeal of my home, and increase the value. I would like to add a pool as well.
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Fri Dec 19, 2014
garypuntman answered:
I think that it can increase the price. I would love to look into this as well. I want to get a new heating system in my home. It would be great to know if this can add value. ... more
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Wed Nov 12, 2014
Rob Madden answered:
The simple answer is no. Since solar leases only allow you to lease the panels, they are not considered a fixture of the property. However, Phoenix area statistics for solar resale homes show that homes with solar leases actually sell 25% faster than the market average in third quarter of 2014. Most solar companies, including SolarCity, have a multitude of options for buyers to assume the solar lease with little to no hassle...typically if a buyer can qualify for a mortgage, they can qualify for a lease, especially considering that 75% of all solar home sales in the Phoenix area involve mortgage financing. With 100 or so solar home sales a month on average, lease transfers are not an issue. You can find the whole range of information and solar statistics for the Phoenix area at ... more
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Thu Oct 16, 2014
steve asked:
I am talking to a potential home design client through a realtor friend in the area. They are looking for a green eco oriented 1500 SF design (2 bed, 2 full baths). They ask me what general…
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Sun Sep 28, 2014
Richard Yost answered:
I am not an expert, but I installed one in my home. My experience has been 100 % positive.
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