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What to do AFTER the storm has passed:

Posted by David Kaufmann on January 23, 2016 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

What to do AFTER the storm has passed:

From the official website of the Department of Homeland Security 01/23/2016

Hello Maryland, now that “Jonas” #Blizzardof2016 has passed, here are a few tips on what to do next.

After Winter Storms And Extreme Cold

  • If your home loses power or heat for more than a few hours or if you do not have adequate supplies to stay warm in your home overnight, you may want to go to a designated public shelter if you can get there safely. TextSHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (e.g., SHELTER20472)
  • Bring any personal items that you would need to spend the night (such as toiletries, medicines). Take precautions when traveling to the shelter. Dress warmly in layers, wear boots, mittens, and a hat.
  • Continue to protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.

Learn From Every Storm

Restock your emergency supplies to be ready in case another storm hits.

  • Assess how well your supplies and family plan worked. What could you have done better?
  • Take a few minutes to improve your family plan and supplies before the next winter storm hits.
  • Talk to your neighbors and colleagues about their experiences and share tips with each other.

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Specializing in commercial, high-end waterfront, as well as more modest, residential dwellings in Annapolis, Stevensville, Queenstown and the surrounding areas. - 443-223-3026 cell, 410-304-2115 office,

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Changing Demographics Impact the Market

Posted by Matthew T. Smoot on December 13, 2014 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Changing Demographics Impact the Market

Realtors from across the country discussed changing home buyer demographics that impact the housing market during the recently concluded 2014 Realtors Conference & Expo.

Among primary residence home buyers, the demographics have shifted dramatically, especially among first-time home buyers, whose share of the market has dropped to its lowest level in decades, said Jessica Lautz, director of member and consumer survey research for the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

Adult Millennials, those aged 18 to 33, were a popular topic of panel discussion. In 2014, Millennials saw 60 percent better job growth than the U.S. overall, and a drop in unemployment to 6 percent. This growth, along with improved economic opportunities, should encourage Millennials to form households and buy homes in the coming years.

Millennials are the largest generation of people in the U.S. and represent 60 percent of first-time home buyers, said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for They are also more likely than any other group to purchase a home in the next year.

Tightened inventory, difficulty receiving credit, and lower than average salaries have kept many of Millennial buyers out of the market, but most economists see that as a temporary setback.

"It's not that young people don't want to purchase homes, it's that they are delaying the purchase," said Lisa A. Sturtevant, vice president of research for the National Housing Conference. Many of the reasons Millennials are not forming households or making purchases are economic; so as the economy improves, we should see this group become more of a force in the housing market.

Smoke said it's a misperception that Millennials are not already participating in the market.  Millennials "represented 37 percent of home shoppers this summer, and over the next 5 years, this generation will make up two-thirds of household formations," Smoke said. "Between June and September 2014, over half of adults aged 21-34 visited real estate websites or mobile apps. And this is the cusp - get ready for the millennial wave to drive the housing market for decades."

Another group that will be competing with Millennials for dominance in the housing market is baby boomers. Sturtevant added: "With Millennials searching for new homes, baby boomers downsizing, and groups with historically lower incomes all entering the market, an increased demand for smaller, less expensive homes will begin to emerge."


Matthew T. Smoot-Your "Whatever it Takes" REALTOR®
When You List with Smoot, You Sell with Smoot

With over 9 years in the business I offer my clients the most comprehensive representation in Maryland.  Not only am I a REALTOR, but I also hold a Broker's license, which is the highest and most specialized license a REALTOR can hold.  Customer Service is my Priority, Selling Houses is My Goal!  Contact me for any and all of your Real Estate Needs.  443-504-8930


Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes

Posted by Dena Mixon on November 6, 2014 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes

The Thanksgiving holiday is approaching rapidly. With only twenty-five days left to plan, let us help you with a few simple recipes to make your holiday meal a success! Each family has their own tips and tricks and there seems to always be a “secret” ingredient. If you are not much of a cook, that’s okay! Some of my personal favorite recipes are simple and delicious! In my opinion, the hardest part about thanksgiving is trying to fit through the front door after you’ve consumed so many amazing foods and desserts. Perhaps a personal challenge should be to have a “no carb November” in preparation for the upcoming calories. But then again, bathing suit season is a long ways away…I will just remember these calories with my new year’s resolutions.

So here are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes that are easy and always a big hit. Some I have gathered from magazines or Pinterest over the years but I always adapt them to best fit the “tastes” of whoever I am entertaining. Bon Appetit!  

World Famous Sausage Stuffing:

Ingredients- 2-14oz packages of Pepperidge Farm herb seasoned stuffing mix, 3-1lb rolls of jimmy dean sage sausage, 2 large sweet onions, 1 bunch of celery hearts, 2 sticks of salted butter, 32oz chicken stock, 2 Tbsp of dried sage, 1 Tbsp black pepper, salt to taste

Directions- Preheat oven to 350 degrees; Break up sausage into small pieces and cook in a large skillet with dried sage; melt butter in large pot over medium heat, add onions and celery, cook until soft and opaque, stir often; remove from heat; add chicken stock, stuffing mix, sausage, salt & pepper and mix thoroughly. Spoon mixture into a large greased Pyrex container and top with some leftover butter, bake for around 30 minutes. Make sure you do not overcook or this will dry out.

Serving size- around 20 servings

Mashed Potatoes:

Ingredients- 3lbs of potatoes peeled and quartered, 3 cloves of garlic, ½ cup of heavy cream, 1 ½ sticks of butter, salt & pepper to taste

Directions- In a large pot, combine and cook the potatoes & garlic with enough salted water to cover potatoes a few inches, in another saucepan, cook cream on low and bring to a simmer, remove from heat and add butter to melt, drain the potatoes and garlic and return to the same pot and mash the potatoes, add the cream mixture to the potatoes, salt & pepper to taste.

Service size- around 8 servings

Very Cheesy Mac & Cheese:

Ingredients- 3 cans of evaporated milk, 2 lbs of cheddar cheese (shredded), 1 box of noodles, 1 stick of margarine, 4 eggs

Directions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees; cook macaroni noodles and drain; mix together the milk and eggs and set aside; place 2lbs of cheese in the bottom of a large pyrex glass container; pour milk mixture overtop the cheese; slice your stick of margarine and put on top of the mixture; pour in your cooked noodles and make sure all is mixed in well; if you have any extra cheese, sprinkle more on top and bake for approximately 45 minutes. The top will brown and you will know it is ready!

Serving Size- around 8-10 servings


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Posted by Matthew T. Smoot on September 9, 2014 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

How to Keep Energy Costs Down within the Home!

Q: As a homeowner, how can I keep my energy costs low while keeping my house in great condition?


A: August is typically one of the hottest months of the year. It seems like the only logical way to stay comfortable inside is to crank up the air conditioning and sit in front of the air vent. However, this method shoots up the energy bill and can take a toll on the cooling systems in a house. Instead of running the air conditioning throughout the hottest months of the year, there are simple tips to keep the energy costs down, and at the same time, keep the value of the home up. By following these tips, much less stress will be put on the home, paving the way for a smoother home inspection when the time comes.


Keeping the House Cool

Open windows at night: It usually cools off during the night. By keeping the windows open, the naturally cool air can take the place of an air conditioning unit. During the day, keep the windows and blinds closed to capture the cool air and hold it longer throughout the day. It may be tempting to open the blinds to let in the sunshine, but this will also let in a lot of heat.


Seal window and door cracks: Cracks in the windows and doors can allow warm air to seep inside and raise the air temperature. By sealing the cracks around the windows and the doors, cool air can remain trapped inside.


Take advantage of ceiling fans: Ceiling fans are a great way to keep the house cool. Along with trapping in the cool air at night, using ceiling fans during the day can help keep the air circulating throughout the house. Using standing fans is another inexpensive tool.


Keep the thermostat high: It's difficult to resist the temptation to bump the thermostat down to 65 and just sit back and relax. But keeping the thermostat high and using ceiling fans as mentioned above will save more money in the long run.


Keeping the house at a cooler temperature is certainly important in the summer, but saving energy is necessary all year round. With these methods, it is possible to decrease stress on all of the intricate systems that keep a house standing. This also means better home inspections in the winter months.


Save Energy All the Time


Use the microwave: There is no other way to cook and save more energy than by using a microwave. Aside from being fast, microwaves use a third of the energy to cook the same food when compared to a stove.


Avoid using appliances during peak hours: The peak hours of the day are typically during daily business hours when there is a very high demand of electricity. If possible, avoid using appliances such as the washer, dryer and dishwasher during those times to avoid power surges. Also, keep in mind that it is more efficient to wash clothes at night. If the weather outside is nice, drying clothes on a clothesline is free. This not only saves energy, but it keeps the home in better condition.

The dishwasher is more efficient than hand washing: Believe it or not, washing the dishes in the dishwasher saves more water than hand washing. However, don't use the dry setting on the dishwasher. Instead, put the dishes on a dry rack and let them air dry or use a towel.


Turn off lights and appliances: Turning off the lights when leaving a room is an easy way to conserve energy and it's not difficult to remember. Yet, turning off appliances and electronics when not in use is a little harder to keep in mind. By simply turning off the home desktop computer or television, a lot of energy can be saved. Even unplugging those things can make an impact.

Stock the fridge: It's not practical to turn off the refrigerator and unplug it during peak hours. But there are ways to make it run more efficiently. By stocking a lot of food in the refrigerator, the warming process slows down when the door is open, thus trapping the cool air inside and allowing the refrigerator to work less.


Get rid of old light bulbs: Traditional incandescent light bulbs have been around for more than a century and the technology really hasn't advanced until the last few years. In fact, 90 percent of the energy needed to light the bulb is lost in the form of heat. In order to keep up with the demands of a modern house, different options are needed. Energy-saving incandescent light bulbs can save up to 25 percent of the energy. And compact fluorescent lamps and light emitting diodes can save almost 75 percent!


Some of these things may come as a surprise, but the real shock is how much they can help the upkeep on your home.


Matthew T. Smoot-Your "Whatever it Takes" REALTOR®

When You List with Smoot, You Sell with Smoot
With over 9 years in the business I offer my clients the most comprehensive representation in Maryland.  Not only am I a REALTOR, but I also hold a Broker's license, which is the highest and most specialized license a REALTOR can hold.  Customer Service is my Priority, Selling Houses is My Goal!  Contact me for any and all of your Real Estate Needs.  443-504-8930

Stretch Your Way to Health

Posted by Craig Summerall on August 21, 2014 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Fitness is more than weight lifting and running miles upon miles of outstretched highway.  In our exercise-conscious society, we are exposed to a variety of activities, and stretching is one of the most important.  Today's blog discusses the importance of proper stretching in your fitness routine. Keeping your muscles flexible can help prevent injury, and also increase balance and body awareness.  These are just a few of many benefits, and we invite you to read the tips below to get fully informed.  Let's get fit, Chapin, SC and stretch our way to health. 

Benefits of Stretching

A true stretching program is more than just a couple of bounces before you go running. Stretching has many benefits and goes hand in hand with the rest of your fitness routine. According to Chad Tackett, president of Global Health and Fitness, “Flexibility prevents injury, increases your range of motion, promotes relaxation, improves performance and posture, reduces stress and keeps your body feeling loose and agile.”

Maintaining flexibility is more important than ever as people age, says exercise physiologist Jason R. Karp in Fitness Management Magazine. “It can improve the quality of life by allowing people to perform what once were simple daily tasks, such as tying their shoes or reaching to the top shelf of a cabinet. Other benefits of flexibility include a reduced risk of injury to muscles and joints, increased body awareness and balance, better posture, improved coordination and enhanced performance of skilled movements.”


Research on Stretching

There is controversy over the effects of stretching: can it really prevent muscle overuse and injuries? The current research suggests that stretching can decrease pain and soreness after exercise. However, no evidence supports the theory that stretching immediately before exercise can prevent overuse or acute injuries. These studies found that warming up by itself has no effect on range of motion, but that when the warm-up is followed by stretching there is an increase in range of motion. Many people misinterpreted this finding to mean that stretching before exercise prevents injuries, even though the clinical research suggests otherwise. A better interpretation is that warm-up prevents injury, whereas stretching has no effect on injury. If injury prevention is your primary objective the evidence suggests that athletes should limit the stretching before exercise and increase warm-up.


Warm-up vs. Stretching

Don’t confuse stretching with warming up. Warming up consists of moderate aerobic activity, such as walking, to get the muscles warm, because a warm muscle stretches more easily than a cold one. After five or so minutes of warm-up, you can begin stretching.


Guidelines for Stretching

Most important: don’t bounce. Use “static” stretching. Static stretching involves a slow, gradual and controlled elongation of the muscle through the full range of motion and held for 15-30 seconds in the farthest comfortable position (without pain). No pain, no gain should not be your guideline here. As you stretch your muscles, you should feel pulling, but no pain. As you hold the stretch, your muscle will relax. As you repeat the stretch, you should have more range of motion. As you feel less tension you can increase the stretch again until they feel the same slight pull. Hold this position until you feel no further increase.


Stretching exercises

Hamstring Stretch

  • Sit on the ground with both legs straight out in front of you
  • Bend the left leg and place the sole of the left foot alongside the knee of the right leg
  • Allow the left leg to lie relaxed on the ground
  • Bend forward keeping the back straight
  • Repeat with the other leg


Chest Stretch

  • Stand tall, feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent
  • Hold you arms out to the side parallel with the ground and the palms of the hand facing forward
  • Stretch the arms back as far as possible


Biceps Stretch

  • Stand tall, feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent
  • Hold your arms out to the side parallel with the ground and palms facing forward
  • Rotate the hands so the palms face to the rear
  • Stretch the arms back as far as possible



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Turn Your Food into Fuel and Conquer Your Day

Posted by Craig Summerall on June 12, 2014 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Busy schedules often leave us feeling fatigued or just plain worn out.  We drink caffeine for that extra morning boost, but there are better ways to obtain energy.  Eating a healthier and more balanced diet is the best way to energize our bodies for the daily demands.  With a little planning and education, we can provide our bodies with the fuel needed to keep up with our crazy schedules.  Our article today helps break down the benefits of food and gives some hints about planning.  Take a moment and educate yourself on your health and start eating for energy  Chapin, SC.


Eating for Energy

We often eat according to our taste buds’ whims, or diet books, or out of convenience. But eating consciously to improve energy levels is a foreign concept. Not surprisingly, the way to higher energy involves planning, a little education and some effort. But the effects will be well worth it.

Nowadays, people are so busy counting carbs, or fat grams, or calories, that they’ve overlooked one very important thing: food is first and foremost a source of energy.



"All our food is made of carbohydrate, protein and fat and those three macro nutrients all have energy because they all have calories," says Sheah Rarback, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association from Miami, Fla. "But the one that the body turns to energy most rapidly is carbohydrate."

So if you want a quick energy boost, you naturally choose something high in carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates like refined sugar and white flour do provide a quick energy boost, which is fine as far as it goes, but the boost comes at a price: a quick dip in blood sugar, which contributes to sluggishness, moodiness, and in the long run, weight gain.

Sustaining energy is a more complicated process, requiring a more varied mix of foods. "If you want that energy to last a little bit longer, you add a little bit of protein or a little bit of fat," says Rarback. "So if you took that rice cake and added some peanut butter, your body is using the carbohydrate energy right away and then the little bit of fat is sustaining you — it takes longer to digest."

In addition to eating too narrow a selection of foods, there are many other factors that can contribute to lack of energy.

  • Dehydration. Randi Konikoff, a dietitian from the Tufts University School of Nutrition in Boston, says people often don’t realize that they don’t drink enough water. "You may associate a headache with being hungry,” she says, “but it may mean that you are not getting enough water." Headaches and fatigue often signal dehydration. Get enough water by drinking a full glass at every meal, and one every time you go to the bathroom.
  • Anemia. Iron deficiency anemia is particularly common to menstruating women. Getting enough iron is tricky, however, as getting too much is just as bad. Some research has indicated that excessive iron intake is linked with cardiovascular disease and even cancer. Erin O’Donnell, senior editor for Natural Health Magazine, recommends seeing your doctor to determine whether you have anemia and how to treat it. Instead of using supplements, try to use food. High-iron foods include blackstrap molasses, oysters, beans and red meats.
  • Skipping breakfast. Dana Sullivan, writing for Blue Cross’s Consumer Health Interactive Blueprint for Health, points out that skipping meals lowers your metabolism. The short explanation for this is that your body goes into starvation mode, which in turn makes your body systems slow down, making you feel sluggish. Eat breakfast even if you’re not hungry. Your body will thank you later.
  • Eating a large lunch. “Large meals force your body to use precious energy stores for the huge task of digestion,” Sullivan says. “Blood rushes to your gut, robbing the rest of your body of oxygen and nutrients.” Eating smaller, more frequent meals tends to keep your energy level consistent.
  • Poor meal composition. It’s vital to get a good balance of all three nutrients—protein, carbohydrates and fat—at each meal. Marsha Hilgeford of The Louisville Courier-Journal notes that foods overloaded with any one nutrient will cause problems. “Foods high in sugar…may cause a rapid increase in blood sugar and a quick burst of energy followed by a drop in energy with a rapid decline of blood sugar,” she says. “Meals high in protein can lead to fatigue and sleepiness.” A good mix of complex carbs, protein and fat ensures slower digestion with an “even distribution of blood sugar levels and a constant supply of energy.”
  • Severe caloric restriction. “Energy is derived from calories taken in,” Hilgeford says. “Dropping below what your body needs to maintain energy stores will result in fatigue. A good rule of thumb is to maintain 10 times your body weight in calories, (example a 140-pound woman should not fall below 1,400 calories daily).“
  • Caffeine dependence. While a cup of coffee will increase mental awareness, once it wears off you may face fatigue and depression. “Caffeine actually works to inject adrenaline into your system to give you a boost,” Hilgeford says. “ In addition, caffeine works on neurotransmitters in the brain that act as pleasure centers. By consuming drinks containing caffeine throughout the day, you keep your body in a state of emergency.” She recommends limiting caffeine consumption to two drinks a day.


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Memorial Day: Acknowledging the Ultimate Sacrifice

Posted by Luz Bouleris on May 26, 2014 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Memorial Day - the day America humbly gives thanks to those men and women who lost their lives while serving in our country's military. You and I can freely enjoy countless privileges envied by many other countries. Our Constitution grants our rights as citizens of the United States; however, let us never forget how these rights were earned by those who fought and died, so we may live the lives we choose today.

The traditional moment of honor is 3:00 PM on Memorial Day. At that time, please stop and give thanks. Pray for the gift of life given, for the families who lost their loved ones, for the safety of those serving now, for their families, and for
our citizen rights and freedoms earned by those who sacrifice so much every day.

While we're at it, let
's do our best to not wait until after a service man or woman is lost to give our sincere thanks. Whenever we see a man or woman in uniform, whether military, public safety, fire or emergency, let's strive to let them and their families know that we and our families truly and deeply appreciate their daily sacrifice.


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Your Kids are your Best Fitness Partners

Posted by Craig Summerall on May 13, 2014 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Summer is almost here and, with school letting out, the kids will be home during the day.  You may be asking yourself, "How will I get everything done?"  For starters, you can incorporate time with your kids into your workout.  Today's blog gives you some helpful hints about creating a workout routine that everyone can enjoy.  Not only will you help your own health, but it will help your busy little angels burn off some energy as well.  So, scoop up the kids and prepare to have some fun.  Enjoy your Summer, Irmo, SC, and let's get healthy.

The Ultimate Workout Partners: Your Kids

If you're like most parents, you find it difficult to make time for yourself. Sometimes it's even hard to fit in a shower, let alone a workout, once baby makes three. Some find that joining a gym is the answer, but others feel uneasy about entrusting their kids to a person whose only childcare qualification is that she wants a free membership. A new category of fitness videos and classes presents the opportunity for moms and dads to exercise with their children.


One thing all parents can attest to -- whenever you get on the phone, shut a door or pop an exercise tape in the VCR, your children will need your immediate and undivided attention. So why not include them in your exercise regimen? There are several baby-play moves you do regularly which can be converted into fitness moves.
The following exercises should be performed in two sets of eight, working up to three sets of 12.

  • Warm up. Pick up baby, holding her securely, and march for five minutes.
  • Next, sit in your straight-backed chair with the towel rolled under your knees. Set your baby or toddler on your ankles, holding the little one's hands, just like you've done a thousand times to give him a horsey ride. Only this time, you'll want to keep your back straight, shoulders down and abdominal muscles tight. Don't bounce baby fast -- instead, straighten your legs to the count of a slow five until they are parallel to the floor. Hold for two beats, then bring your feet back to the floor to the count of five.
  • Now lay on your back, leaning your sitting baby against your bent knees. Holding the baby firmly with one hand, perform crunches while playing "peek-a-boo" with your child. Keep abdominals tight and crunch upward eight times.
  • Called the Kisser, this exercise begins with baby face-up on the floor. Place your hands shoulder width apart on either side of baby's face. From knees or toes, perform pushups slowly and deliberately, kissing baby with each rep. If you have a toddler or older child, he can crawl up on your shoulders and add weight to the pushup.

When it surveyed 1,600 adults last year, Shape Up America!, a health advocacy group, found that one-third of all respondents were reluctant to exercise because they didn't want to leave their children home alone. If this is your guilt trip, lead your kids on evening walks, even if it means pushing a baby stroller. Studies have shown that children of active mothers and fathers are, respectively, two and three and a half times more likely to be active than their counterparts. When families exercise together, they grow closer.

While there are many calisthenic-type exercises into which a baby or toddler can be incorporated, what about aerobic exercise? A few of the parent-and-baby exercise videos are aerobic in nature, although they require a front baby-carrier and you can only use them up until the baby gets too heavy.

If that's not your cup of tea, get out the stroller or baby carrier and go for a walk. Get a bicycle baby seat, trailer or tag-along and go for a ride. If the weather's bad, go to the mall and walk. Hold your baby and dance around the living room to your favorite music. Or you can try the old stand-by -- wake up an hour earlier and pop in that exercise tape.

You can even use playground equipment to enhance your fitness while you keep an eye on the young'uns at play. Do chin-ups on the monkey bars, step-ups onto a slide and tricep dips using a bench. In other words, using your imagination and ingenuity is key. The days of being able to spend hours on yourself are officially over, so stop living in the past and use it to your advantage.

As the children get older, it's time to participate in physical activities with them, not just for your fitness, but to continue teaching them that exercise is a part of life. Shoot hoops. Go ice or roller-skating. Ski. Play some of the old neighborhood games you played as a kid with your kids, like Red Light-Green Light, Red Rover, Gray Ghost, Hide and Seek or Tag.

You need reasons? Exercise will:

  1. Ease your stress to help you be patient with your kids
  2. Increase your energy level so you can keep up with them
  3. Let you spend time having fun together
  4. Incorporate fitness into their lives at an early age, when habits are most likely to stick for life

The reasons to get your kids exercising are just as numerous. You've no doubt heard about studies that enumerate the benefits for kids. With childhood obesity on the rise, you'd better get them moving early and often. And girls who participate in team sports are less likely to have sex in their teen years. All kids who are fit are less likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol and do better in school.

So get out there and get started. Your body -- and your kids -- will thank you for it.


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How to Improve the Performance of Your Home

Posted by Matthew T. Smoot on May 9, 2014 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

How to Improve the Performance of Your Home  

According to a new National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers survey, high-performing, Low-emissive (Low-E) windows are the most common green building products used by residential remodelers. To kick off National Home Remodeling Month in May, NAHB released the survey results, which highlight the most common building features that home owners are using to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.


"The improved availability and affordability of high-performing building products means energy-efficient features are being incorporated into more home improvement projects," said NAHB Remodelers Chair Paul Sullivan. "Remodeling can not only improve the overall layout and features of a home, but depending on the upgrades you choose, you can also save money on utilities, improve indoor air quality and strengthen the long-term value of your home."


The most popular green building features in the survey of residential remodelers in the first quarter of 2014 are:


* High performance windows including Low-E and Argon gas windows
* High efficiency HVAC systems
* Programmable thermostats
* ENERGY STAR appliances


Other popular features include ceiling fans, moisture control products such as bathroom fans, water conserving fixtures and high performance insulation.

The usage of technology to improve a home's performance has increased dramatically during recent years. Seventy percent of remodelers said they used programmable thermostats, an increase from 42 percent in 2011. Sixty-two percent of remodelers used ceiling fans in their remodels, compared to 37 percent in 2011.


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"The lower operating and maintenance costs of energy-efficient homes are a compelling reason for more home owners to incorporate green features in their remodeling designs," said Sullivan. "A professional remodeler can help maximize the benefits of including these features in a remodel. The survey results provide useful examples of ways to increase a home's efficiency, decrease costs and take advantage of the other benefits that high performance green homes offer."


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EXIT Realty So Cal California 14: April 2014

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EXIT Realty Southern California

  March 2014

It has become our goal in Southern California to have each EXIT Realty Associate close 14 transactions or more per year. It's being accomplished in Canada already, it's possible, and we can do it in California! Some of our agents are already accomplishing it right now. The following is a list of EXIT Realty Associates who have reached 14 or more transactions per year. Remember it is recalculated every month for those professionals who closed 14 or more transactions during the last 12 calendar months. February's Elite are:

Maria Atkinson, EXIT Stepping Stone Realty,

Beverly Bower, EXIT Realty Blaine Associates,

John Butler IV, EXIT Twin Advantage Realty,

Darren Butt, EXIT Realty Foothills,

Estella Cline, EXIT Twin Advantage Realty,

Kim Dillard, EXIT Realty Blaine Associates,

Jay Goyal, EXIT Imperial Realty,

Jannet Guerrero, EXIT Team Realty,  

Randy Guth, EXIT Inland Realty,

Kathleen Hefley, EXIT Alliance Realty,

Kelly Doelisha, EXIT Twin Advantage Realty,

Ken McCord, EXIT Team Realty,

Tina Mull, EXIT Alliance Realty,

Curtis O'Brien, EXIT Strategy Realty,

Charlie Okada, EXIT Alliance Realty,

Lisa Osterloh, EXIT Twin Advantage Realty,

Sonya Sanders, EXIT Alliance Realty,

Elissa Seals, EXIT Strategy Realty,

Shawn Sorensen, EXIT Alliance Realty,

Karen Totty, EXIT Alliance Realty,

Cesar Vasquez, EXIT Strategy Realty,

Regina Wayne, EXIT Realty Blaine Associates,

For more information about the California 14 or about EXIT Realty please contact us.

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