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We've just entered the first quarter of the year and it is already beginning to look promising as things start to pick up in the real estate market. The new year seems to be staying true to what the term 20-20 means, which is a clear vision. According to realtor.com, a lot of home buyers will start shopping for a new home early January this year. This is attributed to the sub-4% mortgage rates, low unemployment, and higher wages. Also according to realtor.com, "January saw a surge, ranking as the top month in 20 of the 100 largest metro areas, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, San Francisco, Atlanta, San Jose, California, and Denver."

Today is always a good day to buy a property. For all of your real estate needs, please call Scott Realty Professionals and our team of professional realtors will be very happy to assist you with your homebuying journey.  We service Georgia and South Carolina. 

Posted by Scott Realty Professionals on January 9th, 2020 8:36 PM

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An older home has a distinct character that represents the era it was built but, next to it are the issues in preservation and sustainability. Consequently, the growing popularity of the sustainable movement paved the way for improvements in powering our homes with renewable energy and using energy-efficient items to lessen energy consumption to provide a more eco-friendly home. Given the effects of global warming, and the ever-increasing operating cost to maintain a residence, sustainability has gone up on the high priority list of most of the home buyers, especially the Millenials. One of the must-haves of sustainable living is renewable energy and energy efficiency. 

What is renewable energy and energy efficiency?  Renewable energy is energy that is generated from natural processes that are continuously replenished. This energy includes sunlight, geothermal heat, wind, tides, water, and various forms of biomass (PennState Extension, 2009)Energy efficiency means using less energy to perform the same task – that is, eliminating energy waste (www.eesi.org). Having either renewables or energy-efficient items in the property will increase the value of your home. An older home will need to be upgraded to become appealing to home buyers who are leaning towards comfortable but sustainable living. Improve efficiency first, then add solar. Lowering energy demand could just mean fewer panels on the roof and less money upfront. (https://www.inman.com/2016/08/12/power-of-renewables-energy-efficient-homes-in-real-estate)

So before spending on solar panels, here are three smart ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home without spending a ton of money.  

Seal the home and air systems to optimize efficiency. A better-sealed home means less conditioned air and/or heat escaping and less energy wasted. 

Insulate the walls. Talk to a professional to determine how much insulation is needed while allowing the home to ventilate.

Upgrade your HVAC system. If your HVAC is 20 years or older, it's time to get a newer, energy-efficient system that will make your bills less and save you money over the years.

Posted by Scott Realty Professionals on November 11th, 2019 11:07 PM


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