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Wed Dec 14, 2011
Etchart Real Estate Consulting Group answered:
Truly, it is too soon to tell. My gut and experience say that for now and until market ploriferation they would be treated about the same as swimming pools are. That is, in certain markets they would add value, but seldom add enough value to justify installing one and that in other markets they might even detract from value.

Vicktor Etchart MPh.D.
Etchart Real Estate Consulting Group
Clovis/Fresno CA
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Sun Sep 28, 2014
Scott Hulen answered:
We use them in all our new homes and they are a great green feature as well as a real space saver. We have used them for 3 years and installed about 20 units with no problems.
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Wed Sep 3, 2014
Holly Allen answered:
Try Natural Gardener. They have lots of great things!
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Sat Apr 23, 2011
Lauren Consolazio answered:
Yes, Hamilton Wenham are "Green Communities" which means they receive federal monies for green initiatives. There is also a nonprofit organization called Hamilton Wenham GREEN which works to foster sustainability in the two towns. Find out more on their website If you are looking to buy in Hamilton/Wenham I would be happy to help I am a vice president of HW Green and a long time resident. ... more
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Mon Jun 6, 2011
Fran Cisek, Broker answered:
I specialize in homes with land. If you would like to make an appt. we can meet at my Brooksville Office. Let me know. Thanks Fran
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Sat Jun 11, 2016
Spirit Messingham answered:
I have read studies about electric vs wood burning fireplaces and was surprised at the amount of heat that actually escapes out the fireplace chimney. Please consider Googling it before you make your decision. Our house has an electric someone converted before we bought it and sincerely wish it was wood burning as I like the natural smell and the "experience".
Best of luck, Please consider using a licensed & bonded contractor for the work so you have some recourse if something should go wrong.
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Thu Apr 18, 2013
Dan Tabit answered:
In a gated community there is likely a home owners association which would govern any major changes to the visible exterior of a home. I would start there and find out if this could even be approved before you invest any serious time or money into it.
Next, if they would permit the panels, I wouldn't count on resale but the payback you might receive during your stay in the home. For example, if the energy produced would return your investment in 3-5 years, it might make sense. If it's a 10 year period or more, with your stated history it might not make sense.
Part of gated communities’ attraction to many buyers is uniformity. If you are one of the few homes with these panels on the roof, it could actually hurt resale if the system is not more broadly accepted in the market by then. Tread carefully and don't believe all the hype from the salespeople.
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Thu Mar 24, 2011
Jodi Selene answered:
I'm working with a buyer who is obtaining an EEM with her FHA mortgage. So far, it's going smoothly and my client is planning on upgrading windows, adding insulation and getting a new, energy efficient heater, It's a great way to go with a house that needs some fixing up anyway! Just make sure you have a loan agent who is versed in it, as they will be the main contact on the mortgage. ... more
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Mon Dec 12, 2011
Curt Schultz, REALTOR and Architect answered:
Each method has it's positives, personally I like that is is a natural chemical which is known and safe. With any method you use you will need to followup and retreat as needed. If it kills the termites when used it has done it's job!

Curt V. Schultz, REALTOR-Architect
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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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Tue Mar 1, 2011
Sandra asked:
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Fri Feb 25, 2011
Alma Kee answered:
Hi Brenda,

What address or MLS id are you referring to? The link doesn't appear.

All the best,
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Tue Feb 8, 2011
Salina Hart asked:
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Thu Dec 8, 2011
Corey Buck Mann answered:
One alternative is that the Big Box improvement stores do offer lines of credit. Since you have recently purchased a home, you probably have a fairly decent credit rating and will more than likely qualify. It's not the cheapest APR, but if you catch it at the right time of year you will find that they offer a 6 to 18 month no interest period. These stores offer the complete package and have sub-contractors who will do the installation. I used Lowe's to do a remodel a couple of years ago where I was replacing jealousy windows with new vinyl, double hung, double pane windows to increase the curb appeal and insulation factor. It ended up costing about $175/window installed and I was definitely pleased with the responsiveness of the contractor.

Hope this helps.

Corey Buck Mann
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Wed May 25, 2011
Laura Fish answered:
"Going Green" and other related environmental issues do come up in conversations with my residential clients. However, as with anything, the economic impact usually drives their willingness to invest in green technology. I do think that most people are interested in doing what they can to improve their impact on the environment as long as it also does not adversely affect their bottom line. I've found that most will turn to "green building techniques" when it also helps in areas such as lowering energy costs or saving money with lower installation costs.
Laura Fish
The Prairie Path Realty Co., PC
Schaumburg, IL
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Sun Mar 18, 2012
Tom Inglesby answered:
1. Earth Advantage®
3. LEED for Homes®
4. Oregon High Performance Homes

These four programs I believe are all certification programs that will give you an EPS rating on your home. Energy Trust has developed the Energy Performance Score as a clear and quantitative way to assess a newly built home's energy consumption, estimated utility costs and related carbon impact. Think of it as a miles per gallon how energy your home will use so when you are comparing homes you are coming the same things in regards to saving on energy. They all have programs that compare the energy and where the trees come from to your design and how you use water from your property to how it is captured on the property and used. All of these programs are different and they do different things so they are not the same in all ways. Some are much more involved than the other programs. I am a trade Ally of Earth Advantage and have an E.A. S.T.A.R. Earth Advantage Sustainability Training for Accredited Real Estate Professionals license.

Tom Inglesby, Broker
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Sat Jan 1, 2011
John Walin answered:
short answer is no. It might sell faster but does not add to market price. It is considered maintenance. Good luck.
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Tue Aug 31, 2010
Pamela King answered:
I'm unfamilar with the exact address. In our area of the country, radon disclosures are posted on the MLS, however if the house has not been sold in the last 10 years or so, it may not have been recently tested for radon. I'm including a link map of the relative amounts found in Tennessee. I hope this helpful.
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Fri Mar 6, 2015
Colin Storm answered:
I do not have an opinion on the materials you mentioned. However, clients of mine have been happy with lumber liquidator's installation, which has typically been the best bid as well. ... more
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