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When, and Why: Tankless Water Heaters

When, and Why: Tankless Water Heaters

Should you power your water-based machines with one of these long life and energy-efficient units? If your conventional water heating unit is more than 10-years-old, is showing signs of leaks around the base, or operates erratically, it may be time to consider purchasing a replacement. Here is how to find the right water heater that’s

Home Sweet Home: Rent or Buy? How to Know What is Best

Renting may be a better option than buying home, but it really depends on where you live. In some areas, it is still a better investment to buy a home, but in many more cities, it is wiser to rent a home. Statistics vary from state to state, so where you live definitely plays a

Few Sellers, Many Buyers, Causing Real Estate Prices to Rise

Throughout 2013 home inventory was low, with many more buyers than sellers. The result once again proves the law of supply and demand always rules. When the supply of anything does not equal the demand for it, the price rises. Average home prices increased 13.4 percent in 2013 according to the Standard & Poor/Case-Shiller index,

Some “Hot” Real Estate Destinations For The Affluent

According to the Knight Frank Global House Price Index, in 2013, home values rose by 8.4 percent globally, marking the largest annual increase since 1995. The strength in the real estate marketplace now has many affluent Americans looking to global markets as wise places to invest in real estate. Recently, Alexa Luxe Living compiled a

What’s the Key to a Home Sale?

Through “turnkey” listings, some West Coast realtors seem to have found the key to a home sale.   “Turnkey” homes are those in which no renovations or repairs are required for moving in and everything inside the house is included in the price. In 2013, the listings of turnkey homes on the West Coast rose by

Monte Vista Students Learn the Dangers of Drinking & Driving & Texting & Driving

Monte Vista high school students learned firsthand why it is dangerous to drink and drive and why it is equally dangerous to text while driving. On April 7 and 8, the program “Every 15 Minutes” demonstrated to students the perils of poor decision making while behind the wheel. “Every 15 Minutes” is an impactful program

Rates Dip As Spring Real Estate Season Gets Underway

If you have been waiting for the spring buying season to start your search for real estate, there is some good news. There has been a recent decline in mortgage rates that could help lower your payments. Freddie Mac reported in its weekly mortgage survey that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) was averaging 4.34% for

Plan to limit mortgage interest deduction has Realtor opposition

The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) takes a dim view of the House Ways and Means Committee’s tax reform draft. The proposed limits on the mortgage interest deduction and capital gains, including the repeal of traditional deductions for property taxes only make this even more unacceptable. NAR President Steve Brown commented that “these proposed changes