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The little things we can do to make our homes greener DO make a difference.
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Energy-Efficient Homes Made of Plastic for the Texas coast?

Energy-Efficient Homes Made of Plastic for the Texas coast? | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
This 5,300 square-foot family home was built in the 19th century, yet with the exception of a few old beams, it's now made of plastic. Plastic would also be a great exterior finish material for the Texas coast?
Via Michael Stuart
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Retirement: Is This a Good Time to Downsize? | Realty 101

Retirement: Is This a Good Time to Downsize? | Realty 101 | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
Downsizing isn’t just a way to save creaky knees from a two-story home. It’s also a way to free up equity to use during retirement.
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Great post! Make a plan, is a critical step.  Prepare for downsizing by reducing belongings, creating a budget, and researching areas before placing your current home for sale. 

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San Francisco now offering up to $200,000 in down payment assistance | Inman News

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Go Beyond the Basics When Interviewing Architects

Go Beyond the Basics When Interviewing Architects | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
Before you invest all that money and time, make sure you and your architect are well matched beyond the obvious levels
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Great questions.  Add: Which portfolio pages do they linger on when showing you their work?  And don't forget the gut feeling of "Do they get me and what I want?"

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Woman Keeps Up Mortgage Years After Death

Woman Keeps Up Mortgage Years After Death | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
They say nothing in life is certain but death and taxes, though it may be time to add mortgage payments to that list.
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Just another reason to check that auto pay page ever so often!

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Huge Solar Farms On California’s Public Lands Could Power 170,000 Homes

Huge Solar Farms On California’s Public Lands Could Power 170,000 Homes | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it

The Obama administration on Wednesday announced that it has given final approval to two sizable solar projects on public lands near the Nevada-California border, which when operational are expected to provide a combined 550 megawatts of renewable energy, or enough to power about 170,000 homes and create 700 jobs.

The announcement represents a milestone for President Obama’s renewable energy efforts. With the approval of both projects, there now are currently 50 utility-scale renewable energy projects either currently generating energy or slated to be generating energy on public lands...


Via Lauren Moss, Wes Thomas
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More Jobs! "The first project approved, the 1,685-acre Stateline Solar Farm in San Bernardino County, CA, is expected to generate up to 300 megawatts of power, create 400 construction jobs and 12 permanent operation jobs."

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What do you think would you rather have a pipe line on these lands?

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EPA Touts Commercial Real Estate's Progress in Sustainability

Cindy Jacobs, senior advisor for Energy Star with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), joined REIT.com for a video interview at NAREIT's ...
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Whose Water Is It Anyway?

Whose Water Is It Anyway? | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
Once a natural resource, water is now big business. The time is coming when human beings will wage war over water (@mycitymyriver: Excellent article by @shekharkapur about water conservation and other resources too.
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Top Ten Tips for Organizing and Celebrating Earth Day - Green Hosting | Website Hosting | Green Web Hosting

Top Ten Tips for Organizing and Celebrating Earth Day - Green Hosting | Website Hosting | Green Web Hosting | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
April 22 holds the distinction of being Earth Day — a very special day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. (Celebrate Earth Day!
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Urban Vertical Garden Built From Hundreds of Recycled Soda Bottles | Colossal

Urban Vertical Garden Built From Hundreds of Recycled Soda Bottles | Colossal | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
#Green #eco idea: http://t.co/CY8BY5qle9 7 Awesome DIY Hacks to Get You Gardening http://t.co/jU9hKe62ge (@TakePart) http://t.co/R06El7MhYx
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The Green Minute: Saturday Morning Cartoon Recycling Tips | Sustainable Products and Practices

The Green Minute: Saturday Morning Cartoon Recycling Tips | Sustainable Products and Practices | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
As a child some 35 years ago in the 1970s, my most memorable cartoons were not the Saturday morning programs, but the 30- to 60-second schoolhouse rock-like (The Green Minute: Saturday Morning Cartoon Recycling Tips
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The ‘411’ on the ‘greening’ of the real estate industry

The ‘411’ on the ‘greening’ of the real estate industry | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
“ "The 'green' hype started with the younger generation but we are finding more and more that people are looking at going green as an investment and as a way to save money," she says. "Buyers are saying that 24 percent of their decision making process is made based on how energy efficient the home is."”
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Things You Should Be Doing Right Now if You Plan to Sell Your House This Spring

Things You Should Be Doing Right Now if You Plan to Sell Your House This Spring | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it

If you’re thinking about putting your house on the market this spring, the time to start preparing is now! "

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Before you spend money on preparing your home, talk with a real estate professional.  You want to make sure you are spending money on items that add value to your sale.  Inspections will help identify what items subtract from value.  As with any project, create a budget, and know the return on investment (ROI). 

 

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7 beautiful rooftop gardens

7 beautiful rooftop gardens | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
Want to add some serious value to your home without investing a lot of money? Try a rooftop garden
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I like #2 the best.  Great idea for some of our hill homes with garages on terraced lots. #sanjose #alumrock #losgatos

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Study suggests MLS played little or no role in nearly half of 2013 home sales | Inman News

Study suggests MLS played little or no role in nearly half of 2013 home sales | Inman News | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
An analysis by CoreLogic comparing public record transaction data with MLS data in four counties suggests 43 percent of 2013 home sales took place either outside of the MLS or with little or no MLS exposure.
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Time to ask the hard questions regarding "pocket listings".  Is this a way for brokers to double end deals? Are these brokers educating and acting at the highest fiduciary level for their sellers?  Is this a feeble attempt at brokerages to push back (by holding back information) against non-RE sites like TRULIA, ZILLOW, and the like?  Is this keeping demand higher than need be on MLS listed properties?  Who wins with pocket listings are nearly 40% of all sales?  What is your opinion?

concluded that “pocket listings” represented 26 percent of total home sales in some Northern California markets during the first quarter of 2013, up from 15 percent in 2012. - See more at: http://www.inman.com/2014/03/10/study-suggests-mls-played-little-or-no-role-in-nearly-half-of-2013-home-sales/?utm_source=20140310&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailyheadlinespm#sthash.CmKeofrQ.dpufconcluded that “pocket listings” represented 26 percent of total home sales in some Northern California markets during the first quarter of 2013, up from 15 percent in 2012. - See more at: http://www.inman.com/2014/03/10/study-suggests-mls-played-little-or-no-role-in-nearly-half-of-2013-home-sales/?utm_source=20140310&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailyheadlinespm#sthash.CmKeofrQ.dpufconcluded that “pocket listings” represented 26 percent of total home sales in some Northern California markets during the first quarter of 2013, up from 15 percent in 2012. - See more at: http://www.inman.com/2014/03/10/study-suggests-mls-played-little-or-no-role-in-nearly-half-of-2013-home-sales/?utm_source=20140310&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailyheadlinespm#sthash.CmKeofrQ.dpuf“pocket listings” represented 26 percent of total home sales in some Northern California markets during the first quarter of 2013, up from 15 percent in 2012. - See more at: http://www.inman.com/2014/03/10/study-suggests-mls-played-little-or-no-role-in-nearly-half-of-2013-home-sales/?utm_source=20140310&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailyheadlinespm#sthash.CmKeofrQ.dpuf“pocket listings” represented 26 percent of total home sales in some Northern California markets during the first quarter of 2013, up from 15 percent in 2012. - See more at: http://www.inman.com/2014/03/10/study-suggests-mls-played-little-or-no-role-in-nearly-half-of-2013-home-sales/?utm_source=20140310&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailyheadlinespm#sthash.CmKeofrQ.dpuf

 

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Bay Area rated #1 for selling a home

Bay Area rated #1 for selling a home | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
If you own a home in the Bay Area and you're thinking of selling, this is your market. Emeryville-based ZipRealty Inc.
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According to the article, " Bay Area has nearly a 1-to-1 ratio of residents per available homes, while the inventory nationwide is 6.6 homes per resident."  But this calculation is off due to non-resident buyers.  I would place it more 3:1 for Silicon Valley.  www.TalkToCJ.com

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10 great places to see rain forests

10 great places to see rain forests | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
“ Rain forests are natural theme parks, packed with plant, animal, and human diversity.”
Via Wildforests
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This is a great post to answer that "why" of paying attention to the global environment.
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Water conservation critical to area despite recent rains - The Archer County News

Water conservation critical to area despite recent rains - The Archer County News | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
Water conservation critical to area despite recent rains
The Archer County News
Senator Craig Estes held a press conference in Wichita Falls last Friday addressing the water crisis of Wichita Falls and the North Central Texas area.
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Water Conservation | Sustainable Earth | Going Green Tips | Eco-Friendly Living

Water Conservation | Sustainable Earth | Going Green Tips | Eco-Friendly Living | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
Lower water bills and save water for a sustainable future. Find top water conservation tips and water saving resources on iSustainableEarth.com. (RT @iSustainEarth: 1 person using a high-efficiency toilet for 1 year can save ~330 gallons of #water.
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12 Tips To Help Your Family Go Green and Stay Healthy | Sustainable Earth | Going Green Tips | Eco-Friendly Living

12 Tips To Help Your Family Go Green and Stay Healthy | Sustainable Earth | Going Green Tips | Eco-Friendly Living | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
Just too busy to go green or take care of your health? Nonsense, check out these 12 tips to live a sustainable lifestyle and love it! (Charge your phone or iPad during your commute, your car is already producing energy.
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Wyland Foundation's National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation

Do your part this Earth Month and take the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation on behalf of your city April 1-30 and as a bonus be entered to win great prizes. Save Water! Save the Planet!
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Water Conservation Tips - 5 Ways to Save Water

Water Conservation Tips - 5 Ways to Save Water | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
Save money and water around the house with a few simple steps.
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Easy ways to conserve water around the house. Goo tips here.

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