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6 Reasons 2013 is a Home Sellers Market

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 posted by Tommi Crow

Prices for existing homes rose another 7.7% in the month of December.  For our customers who have been patiently waiting for the market to favor sellers, instead of buyers…the tables have finally turned. 

Why is the housing inventory so low in 2013?

The Wall Street Journal writes a good article on this, pointing to six reasons:

1. Many homeowners are underwater, and thus can’t sell.
2. Homeowners with equity in their home don’t have enough of it to “trade up” to buy a bigger and more expensive  home.
3. Everyone wants to buy at the bottom, but few want to sell when they feel their home will be worth more next year.
4. Investors – from mom and pop and corporate investors have come out and become landlords, taking property that normally would be on the market into the rental realm.
5. With the foreclosure fiasco, banks have been slower at foreclosing homes.
6. There’s been a lot less construction of new homes by home builders.

What does this mean for home sellers?

1.   Advertising your property on the MLS and Realtor.com has never been more crucial to reach qualified home buyers.  Realtors and homebuyers are searching for new listings, daily, because there is nothing on the market that fits their needs.  If your home does not appear in these real estate search engines, chances are that no one will ever know your home is for sale and you will miss your window of opportunity.

2.   Holding an Open House on the weekend is a great way to get people who see your listing online  into your home for an actual showing.

3.  Place a FREE listing on InfoTube.net.  InfoTube is visited by thousands of people daily who are looking for “by owner” property.

4.  The homes that are flying off the market are the properties in the best condition, location and they are priced right, ready to sell.  Homebuyers will not look at a house that is overpriced, hoping to negotiate back and forth.  They are buying homes that are reasonable to purchase and are ready to move into.

5.  Keep your InfoTubes and InfoBoxes full of flyers.  We receive calls from buyers everyday who want more information, but the container is empty.  Be sure to keep a back stock of brochures on hand in time of high traffic.

Home sellers should act quickly to take advantage of the present market conditions because they will not last.   Home inventory levels will increase as home builders react and start more new homes.  Banks will quickly work there way through millions of foreclosures that are still sitting in limbo.    And, home buyers are snapping up houses right now to lock in low interest rates and low home prices.   If you want to sell your home for the most money, in the least amount of time, you should act aggressively.  Time is of the essence.

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Awning Canopy Made From Recycled Soda Bottles

Thursday, July 26, 2012 posted by Tommi Crow

Garth Britzman’s installation, called (Pop)culture, is a colorful canopy made recycled soda bottles that are filled with a little bit of colored liquid. The bottles, which are suspended by strings, create undulating waves of color that almost remind me of the Dale Chihuly ceiling at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

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The Perforated House by Kavellaris Urban Design

This once vacant site is nestled at the eastern bookend between a row of single fronted Victorian terraces and a double fronted Edwardian weatherboard house.   The strategy was to critique and respond to ongoing research into the Terrace typology.   The built form is essentially an urban infill within a 5.5×14.4m envelope.  The perforated house is our response to establish an alternative language to the accepted notion of our cultural attitude towards critical questions of identity and heritage.

Kavellaris wanted the house to be more than just a facade.   More than just a message or a graphic stuck to a building.  The building was not an urban canvas paying tribute to Venturi’s “decorated shed”, instead the external facade could be experienced internally and is also a multi functional device that constantly transforms the built form from solid to void, from private to public, from opaque to translucent.

By day the building is heavy and reflective and by night inverting into a soft translucent permeable light box. The operable wall or the absence of the facade enabled us to remove the idea that houses are static.

The use of operable walls, doors, curtains and glass walls enables the occupants to change the experience and environment. This architectural manipulation of space blurred the boundaries between inside and outside, the public and private realm. The manipulated spaces overlapped and borrowed the amenity and context of it’s surrounding environment.

The plan inverts the traditional terrace program with the active living zones on the first floor opening onto a north facing terrace thereby generating a primary northerly orientation to a south facing block.  The perforated house incorporates passive sustainable interventions by orientating north glass bifolds doors and louvers for cross ventilation as the primary means of cooling.  In addition, solar hot water and 5 star rated sanitary ware fixtures were incorporated. The north facing terrace redefines the “family” backyard, reinforced by the childlike mural reminiscing on a past era and making commentary on the changing demography of the family unit and ultimately the inner city house typology.   The mural also hides a not so attractive view of the back of the neighbors house.

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How to Stop a Draft in 60 Seconds.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 posted by Tommi Crow

Use foam gaskets to seal electrical boxes

According to energy experts, electrical boxes that hold switches or outlets are major sources of heat loss.  Foam gaskets ($3 for a pack of 12 at home centers) won’t completely seal the boxes, but they’ll help.  They’re quick to install— just take off the cover plate, stick the gasket over the box, then put the plate back on.

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CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — The government wants you to install solar panels at your house, and will even give you a tax break to do it. But your neighbors? Maybe not.

It’s a lesson Angel and David Dobs discovered when their homeowners association north of Atlanta denied their request to install solar panels on their roof. Neighborhood officials said the panels would look out of place and might lower home values in a community that regulates details as fine as the coloring of roof tiles, the planting of trees and the storage of trash cans.

“It’s like living under communism — someone gets to dictate every possible thing you do,” David Dobs said.

Homeowners associations around the country have banned or severely restricted the installation of solar panels, and the solar industry has pushed back to halt the practice. A recent attempt in Georgia to expand the right to go solar had support from environmentalists and some Republican lawmakers concerned about private property rights but it succumbed to opposition from developers and real estate agents.

Roughly two dozen states now forbid or limit homeowners associations or local governments from banning solar panels, according to a database run by North Carolina State University. Similar disputes have prompted lawsuits in Nebraska and California.

Angel and David Dobs supported the Georgia legislation after their run-in with the homeowners association. David Dobs had viewed the project as his personal contribution to prevent global warming.

Leaders of the Vickery Lake Homeowners Association in Cumming say the dispute is about architecture and aesthetics, not the merits of solar power. Homeowners automatically accept the community rules when they purchase a home there.

“We’re not going to debate whether it’s a good idea to have green energy or not,” said Jim Pearson, the association’s president.

These debates are likely to keep flaring as more people install solar energy systems because the equipment is getting cheaper and governments subsidize the cost. Taxpayers can now deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing solar panels from their federal tax bill. Other states and local governments offer additional incentives.

The fight is not new. Some solar rights laws date back to the 1970s, while other states have added similar measures more recently.

California’s law, first enacted in 1978, prevents homeowners associations from forcing residents to make aesthetic changes to photovoltaic panels that raise the cost by more than $2,000 or decrease a system’s efficiency more than 20 percent.

Most disputes in California are worked out privately, but a few have reached the court system. Last year, a California appellate court upheld a decision forcing a couple to remove solar panels that were installed in their yard without the approval of their homeowners association. They were allowed to keep other panels on their roof.

“They don’t like the way they look,” said attorney Michael McQueen, who represented the couple and others in similar disputes. “And (homeowners associations) are all about looks. Is your lawn green? Are your hedges trimmed?”

Ricardo Cestero, an attorney for the homeowners association, said neighborhood leaders were concerned the ground-level panels were not set back far enough from the street, were inadequately protected from damage and might cause erosion.

Texas adopted a law last year preventing homeowners associations from totally blocking solar panels. The law makes clear that residents can install them on roofs or in fenced-in yards or patios, subject to some limits. 

In Georgia, the fight between the Dobses and their homeowners association started in 2010. David Dobs said the rules required that he and his wife seek permission to build solar panels.

He first proposed installing 30 panels on two areas parallel to the slope of his roof. People could have seen sections of the three-by-five-feet panels as they walked or drove along the street.

The homeowners association rejected that request and three others from Dobs.

Board member Jim Graham said that to win approval, the panels would probably need to be out of view, perhaps mounted in a backyard and obscured by a fence — though fences too are subject to association approval.

Graham said that if people don’t like the rules, they are free to buy elsewhere.

“They chose to come into this community,” he said.

Lawmakers in Georgia tried to resolve the problem with legislation giving homeowners associations the rest of the year to decide whether to ban solar panels. Any neighborhood that did not set a ban by next year would be unable to stop a homeowner from installing solar panels in the future.

There were limits. Homeowners associations could restrict the panels to roofs or fenced-in backyards and patios. They could require that panels be installed parallel to the slope of a roof and ban any backyard solar equipment that rose higher than the surrounding fence.

Even in states that give homeowners the right to install solar panels, homeowners associations still ban them.

Neighborhood leaders in a Salem, Ore., subdivision rejected Larry Lohrman’s request to install solar panels on his roof because their rules banned the equipment, Lohrman said. He successfully argued that a 1979 solar rights law made that ban illegal, and he and a neighbor helped the association draft guidelines governing the installation of solar panels.

His panels were installed and started producing power in 2010, though Lohrman said he nearly abandoned the effort in frustration during the year it took to write the new guidelines for his homeowners association.

“They’re just afraid that someone’s going to put up this big, honking ugly thing that reflects light and just looks ugly,” he said. 

Associated Press reporter Kate Brumback contributed to this report. Follow Ray Henry on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/rhenryAP

InfoTube thinks some logical thought should prevail on this issue.   On one hand, we want to encourage US independence from fossil fuels that harm our environment and fund terrorism.  On the other hand, homeowner association rules are in place to protect the beauty, value and function of a neighborhood..  Restrictions against solar panels are common in most associations and those rules were in place when the homes were initially purchased. 

ALL HomeBuyers HATE Popcorn Ceilings

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 posted by Tommi Crow

   When trying to come up with a list of items that all homebuyers HATE..the first thing that came to my mind is Popcorn ceilings.   They scream dated.  They collect cobwebs, dust and dirt.  They are impossible to clean or paint.  And, if your home was built before the 1980’s, the popcorn may contain cancer causing asbestos.  (Asbestos was outlawed in 1977, but old supplies were used for years.) 

If you are selling your home, get rid of it….even though that is easier said than done.  If your home was built before 1980, you should first have the ceiling tested by a professional to see if it contains asbestos.  (Read the handout “Asbestos in Your Home“).   If asbestos is found, call a professional asbestos removal company to spray paint over it ($2-$6 a square foot), if it is in good shape.  Or, better, have the pro’s remove and properly dispose of it ($54-$64 a square foot).  Do not attempt to remove asbestos yourself!   There is a lethal reason it is a banned substance.                        

Whether the popcorn contains asbestos or doesn’t…removing popcorn ceilings is a messy, difficult and possibly expensive project.   Do it yourself with the proper gear, or expect to pay a painter about $2.50 a square foot to get rid of it, patch holes and repaint your ceiling.  

There are a few alternatives to sealing or removing popcorn ceilings.  You can opt to cover it up.   Depending on the architectural style of your home…you can consider installing beaded board or press tin ceiling tiles to hide the popcorn….forever.

If you are selling a home…get rid of the popcorn!!!  No one in the world likes popcorn ceilings…if you have them, you hate them, too.   Today’s buyers have so many choices, they won’t even consider a home with popcorn.  

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Micro House Offers Big Living

Thursday, March 1, 2012 posted by Tommi Crow

We just love this smart, green designed, micro house that lives BIG.  

The architecture blends into the environment and requires no maintenance.

The bright, open and contemporary design offers everything you need in a guest house or secret hideaway.  

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Infotube LOVES smart and flexible housing like this worry-free, Fold and Go Writers cabin.

Fold down one wall to make it cozy..or fold down all four walls to become one with your surroundings. 

When the walls are lowered, they make a great ourdoor deck to set on and take in the starlit skies.  

Smart and worry free design inspires your artistic side.

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Take a look at the imagination and resourcefullness that this home builder used to convert two, abandoned, semi truck trailers into a sweet 2 bedroom cabin in the woods. 

First, Locate an abandoned truck trailer that is no longer road worthy.   

Place the trailers onsight and weld the two structures together.

Sketch up your Floor Plan and get to work.

Cut through and bring your two worlds together

Stucco over the metal on the trailers to add insulation and prevent further rusting.  Cut out your windows.

Install double insulated windows and french doors.

Frame out the house.  Add batt insulation between the studs.

Panel the walls, put in the floors and move your furniture in. 

Hang up your flat screen and watch the game.

Congratulations to this Green, Creative Homeowner!!  Home Sweet Home for a few thousand dollars.  Stucco exterior.  Double Paned Windows.  French Doors.  And, 1162 square feet of warm, cozy living space.

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Smart Utility Meters Spark Health and Privacy Fears.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 posted by Tommi Crow

Utility companies across the US are spending billions of dollars to install so called “smart” meters to moniter electricity usage.  The premise is that consumers can save energy by knowing when and how much power they use at all times.  Electricity customers pay a reduced rate for electricity used during “non-peak” useage hours and more for power consumed during high usage periods.   Utility companies say they can save even more.  The Smart Meters will eliminate meter reading jobs and help Americans cut energy costs…

Consumer advocates, state goverments and consumer protection groups don’t alway agree, though.  Many don’t feel the cost outweights the savings and they don’t feel the Smart Meter is very Smart at all.  In fact, many fear the devise can invade your privacy and damage your health.

What you Need to Know About Smart Meters.

1.  YOU ARE PAYING FOR THE SMART METER!!  Each Smart Meter costs between $250-$500.  Utility companies operate by passing along operating costs to consumers, so this cost will be passed directly through to you.  For example,  Texas residents are now being charged an additional $3.24 per month for their new Smart Meter.  It is estimated that $1 Billion will be collected by Texas utility companies over the next 10 years.   WSJ

2.  SHORT NOTICE DISCONNECTS.  Consumer advocates fear the costs of the Smart Meter could be greater than the savings for many households.   They also worry that the meters will make it easier for utilities to terminate service — so easy that they will disconnect power for small unpaid balances that wouldn’t have caused a termination in the past.   WSJ

3.  WHAT ARE THE TRUE COSTS VS SAVINGS?  There is a lot of concern about the lack of information on meter deployments.  Utilities have claimed “trade secret” protections for important financial details about their meter programs, including contract terms with vendors. Such secrecy makes it impossible for consumers to analyze why costs for what appear to be similar services vary so much among utilities.  WSJ

4.  HEALTH CONCERNS.  The “Smart” Radio Frequency Meters do NOT have a UL safety rating and it doesn’t appear that it will have one anytime soon.   There is science to back up the theory that Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency energy contamination from smart meters exceeds allowable safe and healthful limits for domestic environments as determined by the EPA and other scientific programs.

5.  PRIVACY AND BIG BROTHER SURVIELLANCE CONCERNS:  “Smart Meters” are, by definition, surveillance devices which violate Federal and State wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of private and personal activities and behaviors without the consent or knowledge of those people who are monitored.

According to the Watch Dog Group StopSmartMeters.org, Smart Meters monitor household activity and occupancy which watch dog groups alledge violate rights and domestic security.   They transmit wireless signals which may be intercepted by unauthorized and unknown parties. Those signals can be used to monitor behavior and occupancy and they can be used by criminals to aid criminal activity against the occupants.

The Data about occupant’s daily habits and activities are collected, recorded and stored in permanent databases which are accessed by parties not authorized or invited to know and share that private data by those whose activities were recorded.   Those with access to the smart meter databases can review a permanent history of household activities complete with calendar and time-of-day metrics to gain a highly invasive and detailed view of the lives of the occupants.   Those databases may be shared with, or fall into the hands of criminals, blackmailers, corrupt law enforcement, private hackers of wireless transmissions, power company employees, and other unidentified parties who may act against the interests of the occupants under metered surveillance.

6.  STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS PLACE MORITORIUM ON SMART METERS.    Until more information is gathered about health, safety, privacy concerns and costs to consumers, 47 local governments in California have banned Smart Meter installation until more is learned about them.  Connecticut and Delaware are also asking for volunteers to test the Smart Meter vs rolling it out to all electricity customers.

Whether you like the Smart Meter or Hate it…there is no denying that “they” will know when you’re cooking dinner and they will know when you’re awake….like it or not.   Even more scary…maybe…I wonder if those Smart Meters are Made in America or China?  

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Banks Bulldoze Foreclosed Homes

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 posted by Tommi Crow

Bank of America has come up with a new tool to deal with its glut of abandoned and foreclosed homes…. a Bulldozer.

Bank of America, the nations largest mortage servicer, plans to “donate” 100 blighted homes in Cleveland, OH and contribute cash toward their demolition.  The bank has a similar plan for 100 homes in Detriot, 150 in Chicago, with 9 more cities to follow.  Wells Fargo, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and Fannie Mae are also considering their own bulldozing programs.

  Getting rid of repossesed homes is the biggest headache for US lenders.  1,679,125 homes ( 1 in every 77) are in some stage of foreclosure as of June.    Lenders feel that no one will buy many of these homes and they”re trying to cut their losses.  Bulldozing the problem away means the banks won’t owe property taxes to our floundering cities and it won’t have to pay for repairs, maintenance and upkeep on the property.  In addition, there are some perks for giving away a house.  The banks get a bunch of tax write-offs and best case… they may even get a pat on the back and some nice PR, too. 

The idea of Bulldozing houses is nothing new.  Although the banks are not blowing up homes for alturistic reasons…I think we can all agree that removing home inventory is good for all of us.  In 2010, Warren Buffet advised that “blow up a lot of houses” was a viable option and similar to ‘cash for clunkers’ auto program.  I always thought bulldozing abandoned homes and returning the land to a raw state was a smarter solution than handing out money in the form of a homebuyer tax credit.   The tax credit cost billions of dollars, put money into the hands of a few people blessed with good timing and did little to reduce inventory.

Bankers, why not take the “TNT” strategy one step further.   Donate unwanted houses to local non-profits vs blowing them up?  Make a call to Habitat for Humanity, for example?   I can’t understand why Habitat is still building new homes, when we can’t get rid of the ones that are causing problems in our neighborhoods.   Habitat needs to change their business model with the times and so do our lenders.  Families, who are in dire need now, wait up to 6+ months for a new home to be built and the cost of building from scratch far exceeds the costs of rehabbing properties, in most cases.       

Just my two cents….

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Back to School Supplies Made in the USA

Friday, July 8, 2011 posted by Tommi Crow

Americans spent a staggering $52 BILLION on “Back to School Supplies” in 2010.   

We believe that very little of your $52 BILLION spent at big box retailers benefited American companies and US workers. 

If you are worried about the future of the US economy….  If you care about the millions of unemployed and homeless Americans…Make a Pledge that in 2011 you will buy Back to School Supplies that are Made in the USA!!!    It’s that simple.  Keep your money in your pocket and Say “NO” to rewarding retailers and companies that sell out American companies and support foreign workers.

It’s easier than you think to find American Made Back to School Supplies.  Here is a short list of companies to get you started!

Backpacks  
Duluth Pack DuluthPack.com  
Trager ShoeBuy.com  
Tough Traveler ToughTraveler.com  
 
Lunchboxes  
Mimi the Sardine ReUseIt.com  
Laptop Lunch GreenFeet.com  
 
Pencils  
General Pencil GeneralPencil.com  
 
Pens/Markers  
Clementine Art ClementineArt.com  
LiquidMark RedAppleSupply.com  
EcoStars RedAppleSupply.com  
 
Paper/Notebooks  
Ampad BuyOnlineNow.com  
Basic brand SaleStores.com  
Mead (select items) OfficeSupplySanity.com  
New Leaf eConsciousMarket.com  
 
Computers/Accessories  
Union Built PC UnionBuiltPC.com  
Green Guru (laptop sleeve) Greenopia.com  
 
American Jeans  
Levis Capital E Nordstrom.com  
True Religion Jeans TrueReligionJeans.com  
Rock & Republic RockandRepublic.com  
Paige Premium Denim PaigePremiumDenim.com  
Robin’s Jean RobinsJean.com  
Frankie B. FrankieB.com  
Genetic Jeans GeneticJeans.com  
Hudson Jeans HudsonJeans.com  
Rich & Skinny RichandSkinnyJeans.com  
J-Brand JBrandJeans.com  
Earnest Sewn EarnestSewn.com  
Citizens of Humanity CitizensOfHumanity.com  
Rag & Bone Rag-Bone.com  
ReWash ReWashUSA.com  
 
American Socks  
Thorlo Thorlo.com  
ZKano ZKano.com  
Fox River Socks FoxSox.com  
 
American Shoes and Boots  
Alden Shoes AldenShoes.com  
Allen Edmonds AllenEdmonds.com  
New Balance (select) NewBalance.com  
 
American Clothing  
Hard Tail HardTailForever.com  
American Apparel AmericanApparel.com  
Basic Threads BasicThreadsUSA.com  
Fresh Produce FreshProduceClothes.com  
   

SOURCE Made in the USA Foundation

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2010 Rotary President  Carol King , CPA, responds to The Hillman Group with a global view about outsourcing American jobs and products.

Hillman Group VP Dan Smercina wrote the following email reply to Ms King last week….

Ms. King,

This is to acknowledge your recent e-mail and interest in The Hillman Group.  While it is our strict corporate policy to keep all supplier information confidential, I want to assure you that your message was sent to the appropriate parties within our company.

Thank you for expressing your opinion and please be assured Hillman remains committed to providing top quality products, competitive prices and ‘World-Class’ service to our valued customers.

Sincerely, 

Dan Smercina

Vice President of Marketing

The Hillman Group,  Inc.

Ms King’s response to Hillman and Mr Smercina

Mr. Smercina,

Thank you for responding to my email.  As mentioned below, Crow-Erickson is my client so I am well informed about the details of this issue.   

I hope that as you move forward,  you will make a genuine effort to resolve this matter in Crow-Erickson’s favor.  However, further cutting her profit margin to replace your volume manufacturing discounts or other arrangements with the China government and China vendors does not solve the problem.  It only serves to keep you in the $$$ loop and give you a conversation point to share with the public about “how hard you tried”. 

These are the questions that you should be addressing:

            Is it the truth?

            Is it fair to all concerned?

            Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

            Will it beneficial to all concerned?

In case you do not recognize these  questions, this is the 4-Way Test for every member of Rotary International – all 1.2M members, business people from 235 countries around the world.  These guiding principals have led this organization for 106 years.

As Lowes and Home Depot move forward in their “Buy America” campaign, somewhere in the back of their minds they must know that it is only a matter of time before the world knows the truth. 

As you are aware, a growing number of people are watching how you handle this issue.  They watching to see if you, indeed, will choose to “Buy America” as well.

 Carol L King, CPA  

Carol L King & Associates, PA … 40 N French Broad Avenue … Asheville NC 28801… 828-258-2323. fax 828-258-9982