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Going Green in Florida : Real Estate Advice

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Thu May 18, 2017
Ajaz786110 asked:
I was contected by a SOLAR PANEL INSTALLER COMPANY. They claim that putting SOLAR PANELS and changing AC UNIT to SOLAR HIGH EFFICIENCY UNIT, would save me money.

Is that right? Is it…
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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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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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Fri Jul 19, 2013
Santiago Eliaschev answered:
Renovating isn't always the easiest solution. If often involves a lot more work, specially since you need to bring things up to today's code, and in many cases it would actually be most cost efficient to tear down and rebuild.

I have my own reservation against LEED (and I'm a LEED AP), it seems more of a marketing scheme than an movement towards green design. It would be a lot more effective to change our building code to incorporate more "green" building requirements.

Your questions taps into some fundamental questions about architecture. Buildings should be designed to stand the test of time, so they should be designed in a manner that they can easily be modified to future uses.

All in all I would argue its on a case by case basis.
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Thu Apr 4, 2013
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Wed Mar 13, 2013
Abraham Bidhendi answered:
Hi There:

Of course, there are 100s of them available. Depending on where you would like to be?

Below is the link 0.25+ Acre lands in Kissimmee & Orlando:,41086,45912/sort/price+asc/

Hope this helps.

Abraham Bidhendi
Top Producer Realtor® with over 25 years of experience
Awarded as Exit's TOP Buyer side Transactions for the State of Florida
We have had 142 successful transactions during the past year alone.
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Direct: (407) 744-2533
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Kissimmee Office: 391 N. Main St., Kissimmee, FL 34741
Altamonte Springs Office: 660 Palm Springs Dr., Suite D, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
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Mon Jun 6, 2011
Gerard Carney answered:
Send me an email and I'll find you the perfect place, please make sure to put everything you are looking for in the description of the mini farm! I'm sure we can find it for you, ... more
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Fri Mar 4, 2011
Boris Russanov answered:
Hello Sandra,

there are about 80 houses around 750 sq ft or less in Hollywood.

What is other criteria? What is your price range?

Best Regards,
Boris Russanov
Realtor, FORTUNE International Realty
Cell 954 643 1050
Phone 954 727 9347 Ext 258
Fax 954 727 9348
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Sat Jan 1, 2011
Robin Silverberg answered:
Not a new question, but I am sure Home Sellers are interested. If a home has new window, there is an addition to the appraisal over those who don't have new window. A subtraction is made for the reverse. The adjustment, however, is often less than the cost of putting the windows in. When there is a concern about appraised value, this could make a difference. There is no adjustment for an energy efficient door, although the cost there is not that great. One thing that people think will increase the value of their home, but no appraiser that I have seen has given value to it, is paving stone driveways and walkways. ... more
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Wed Feb 10, 2010
Murray Balkcom answered:
Rereading your question, you are asking two different things. You are asking about a solar heater for home with a pool, and you are also asking about installing solar power. I'm not sure that your question is clear. A passive solar heated pool might consist of running black coils of pipes (very inexpensive) on your rooftop to circulate through the pool for "passive heating." This can be very effective if you have enough sunshine. The problem is that it works according to the sun and temperatures. An "active" solar heater might consist of very expensive and inefficient solar cells on the roof, to try and capture the sunlight, and converting to power, to run a traditional pool heater.

"Is it worth installing solar power?"
Are you also trying to power the house from the solar? If so, the passive solar heater won't serve that purpose. Today's solar panels are very inefficient, expensive and not very durable. I'd wait on future technology and cheaper pricing. Typically, you would have to stay in a home more than seven years in order to see any returns on any "active" solar units, and we all know that people don't typically stay in a house more than seven years. Hurricane comes, and you can say goodbye to those solar cells. Wait until we get paint-on solar technology, or at least when it is affordable to use the roll-up solar matts which might be easier to remove when a storm approaches.
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Mon Jan 25, 2010
Caryn Stephenson answered:
There are plenty of these available. I have one for 600 per month, a 2/1 with W/D on 52nd st in Yankeetown. It has been completely redone, in almost brand new condition, freshly painted, and nice yard. More rentals in Levy are by owner, just drive around an area you like and look for signs. ... more
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Sun Jan 10, 2010
Peter DeCicco answered:
Definitely go around the neighborhood and see who other people are using, how they speak of them and if you feel that its not too harsh... maybe ask how much they are paying
Another great resource may be the Realtor that helped you find your home, we always know the top contractors in the area. ... more
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Wed Apr 8, 2009
Annette Lawrence answered:
Hello Susan,
Safety Harbor is one of my favorite cities in this area. Just last weekend they had a chalk art festival which drew a good number of citizens and visitors to the quint downtown and harbor front. Todays newspaper featured Safety Harbors plan to plant a tree in any residents front yard...FREE!
All communites will allow solar applications for energy conserving purposes. Many communities will require these devices to be placed in a position so they are not visible from the street, just as they must currently do for heating the pool and hot water.
There are numerous county programs and power company assistance plans that you will find useful in optimizing your new home for sustainable green living.
When you're ready to make your move don't hesitate to give me a call
Annette Lawrence, ReMax ACR ELite Group, Inc
727. 420. 4041
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