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
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...
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."
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.
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
“ "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."”
Via JWL Consulting
If you’re thinking about putting your house on the market this spring, the time to start preparing is now! "
CJ Brasiel's insight:
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).
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.
CJ Brasiel's insight:
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?
If you own a home in the Bay Area and you're thinking of selling, this is your market. Emeryville-based ZipRealty Inc.
CJ Brasiel's insight:
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
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.
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.
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.
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!