January 2011

There are 5 blog entries for January 2011.

Selling a Condo While Living in it as a Family

Monday, January 31st, 2011 at 12:45pm. 164 Views, 0 Comments.

Selling a condo, or trying to sell a condo, while still living in it as a family is not without its challenges. One of the primary responsibilities of a condo seller is to keep their condo presentable, which means clean, neat and organized so that at any given minute a potential buyer can come in and view your condo at its best. Talk about stress.

Anyone with children has experienced toys taking over their condo at some point. Even small babies, unable to move, somehow amass a trove of toys, books, play mats and more, quickly taking up valuable living room space. When trying to sell your condo, dealing with these toys is of the essence.

The best plan of attack when dealing with a family’s vast amount of “stuff” is to pack…

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Green Technology Entering Your Condo

Friday, January 28th, 2011 at 2:35pm. 182 Views, 0 Comments.

Green technology is entering your condo. In fact in 2011 green technology is expected to be big as far as home improvements go.  Studies show that most households want to be more energy efficient, taking it a step beyond turning the lights off and the heat down. Energy monitors and smart appliances are becoming mainstream, especially in new condos and high-end remodels. In addition security, telephone, internet and television companies are offering energy management applications among other services.

Smart grid technology is taking off, allowing condos to monitor their energy consumption and therefore control costs. The grids need to be installed at a condo or business, allowing for more even electrical distribution as well…

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How Energy Efficient is Your Condo?

Friday, January 21st, 2011 at 3:57pm. 142 Views, 0 Comments.

It is possible to conduct a series of tests to uncover how energy efficient your condo is. In fact, if you are considering selling your condo it could be a good idea to do so. There are professionals who conduct condo energy audits, determining how much energy your condo utilizes while at the same time indicating changes that can be made to make it more efficient.

An energy audit can uncover air leaks, insulation concerns, HVAC issues, lighting considerations and more. Locating and fixing air leaks caused by weak window and door seals can save up to 30% on energy bills, a significant savings. Sometimes fixing air leaks is as simple as caulking or adding weather stripping. Want to check yourself? Examine any area of your condo where…

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Remodeling Your Condo, Examining Your Budget

Monday, January 17th, 2011 at 3:29pm. 165 Views, 0 Comments.

When remodeling your condo, examining your budget is a key element, going hand-in-hand with the physical aspects of the job. Remodeling and basic improvements can add value to your real estate and approaching the work with fiscal responsibility will help maximize your profit. When making changes to your condo it is easy to get carried away, adding features and altering products as you go along. Depending on the scope of your project, hiring a contractor that will design the project and a budget could be the wisest step to make keeping someone financially in charge of the work at hand.

A kitchen remodel can run from $17,000 to over $50,000. The difference in budget can be related to fixtures, the scope of work, finishes chosen, appliances,…

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Real Estate in 2011 on a Positive Note

Thursday, January 6th, 2011 at 1:46pm. 136 Views, 0 Comments.

Real estate is ending 2010 on a positive note with President Obama recently extending tax credits that add value to home ownership and home improvements. President Obama signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. The Act extended tax benefits, reduced payroll taxes and extended a variety of energy efficient tax credits. The extension of the tax credits for energy efficient improvements include those for new condo, existing condos, and building credits. The credits are good for improvements made through December 31, 2011.

Thus far the year is also ending with the mortgage interest deduction (MID) in place, a vital benefit to condo owners everywhere this allows condo owners to write off the…

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