Monthly Archives: April 2012

Green and Earth Friendly Home Remodeling

To celebrate Earth Day everyday, try these six tips for incorporating “green” design into your next remodeling project.

Preparation—Before beginning a project, perform an “existing analysis” of your home. Gather information on water, gas, and electricity usage, and do an energy audit to pinpoint daily habits such as leaving lights turned on when a room is not in use.

Lighting—Replace incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED or compact fluorescent (CFL) lighting. If possible, take advantage of both natural lighting and shading to reduce energy consumption from heating and cooling a home.

Materials—Opt for paints and finishes with low or zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are harmful to the environment and one’s health. Choose designs that incorporate recycled materials, such as countertops made from recycled glass, or flooring made from repurposed wood.

Appliances—Swap in Energy Star-qualified appliances that use less energy, such as refrigerators and dishwashers.

Plumbing—Consider low-flow shower heads/faucets and dual-flush toilets to conserve water.

Insulation and Ventilation—An energy-efficient home requires both proper insulation and ventilation. Seal windows, doors, and pipes, but also ensure sufficient ventilation to allow water vapor to pass through and prevent mold.

Source: Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

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Ohio April Market Report

The April Market Report in Ohio for single family, residential homes in Montgomery, Greene, and Warren counties near Wright Patterson Air Force Base shows homes sold a significantly higher price versus the same time frame a year ago. The average sale price / listing price is 95%, which is lower than the Home Experts Realty average. The average days on market in April 2012 is 142. The statistics show that Home Experts Realty sells homes for more money, resulting in more money in the pockets of the sellers represented.  The market report is also a sign now’s the time to buy before prices sky rocket!

APRIL 2012

  • Homes Sold – 414
  • Average Bedrooms – 3
  • Average Square Footage – 1,802
  • Average Listing Price – $133,488
  • Average Selling Price – $127,307 (95% sale price/listing price)
  • Average Days on Market – 142  

APRIL 2011

  • Homes Sold – 455
  • Average Bedrooms – 3
  • Average Square Footage – 1,701 
  • Average Listing Price – $117,896
  • Average Selling Price – $110,904 (94% sale price/listing price)
  • Average Days on Market – 99