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False Claims and Efficient Home Opportunities
Christa Ross, Helping you buy and sell Pittsburgh's Best Homes (RE/MAX Select Realty - REALTOR and Green Homes Specialist)

Homeowners Listen Up Email

NAR sent out a Mythbuster bulletin recently to clear up several untrue facts that are circulating.

One of the false claims circulating is that homeowners would be required to have an energy audit or make energy retrofits to their home before they can sell. This is a false claim. The real information as explained by NAR is as follows...

FACTS: Here are the two REAL provisions in the bill:

Section 202 (Building Retrofit Program) would offer matching grants for home improvements. State government would administer the program, which is voluntary and available to all property owners.

Section 204 (Building Energy Performance Labeling Program) would apply to new construction only and prohibit time-of-sale labeling. The original energy audit and MLS listing provisions were deleted as the result of NAR insistence; existing real estate was excluded from the bill’s requirements. NAR will work to ensure that these provisions are retained in the Senate version. We were also instrumental in eliminating time-of-sale energy efficiency requirements from the bill. Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) are pursuing bipartisan support for an alternative to the House bill, and NAR will monitor that progress to ensure residential and commercial real estate are not adversely impacted.

I look at this as an opportunity.

First, Section 202 clearly offers matching $$$ to homeowners to make energy improvements and in Section 204, the time-of-sale labeling only prohibits a state government from using the bill's funding to require labeling.

Nothing prevents the state, an agent, MLS or homeowner from voluntary labeling or marketing energy improvements and energy performance.

That means that homeowners that have made energy retrofits to their homes and have achieved outstanding energy performance can label and market their homes using energy performance as a positive feature. It's a chance to differentiate a home and rise above the crowd using energy performance as the ace-in-the-hole.

For more information on this bill you can go to www.realtor.org/government_affairs.

Find an energy efficient home in the Pittsburgh area! Call Christa Ross from RE/MAX Select Realty, at 724-933-6300 x214 (office) or 724-779-1437 (direct) or visit my website at www.greenhomespgh.com.

Buying or Selling a home in Pittsburgh? Call Christa Ross from RE/MAX Select Realty, at 724-933-6300 x214 (office) or 724-309-1758 (direct) or visit my website at www.bestpittsburghhomes.com.

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April 22 is Earth Day. I don't really care.
Christa Ross, Helping you buy and sell Pittsburgh's Best Homes (RE/MAX Select Realty - REALTOR and Green Homes Specialist)

green tree earth day pittsburghI know that might sound a bit strange coming from a person who spends so much time focused on green and energy-efficient homes and building a green life.

It's just that we hold up Earth Day as a time to focus on the environment, but does anyone really believe that one day is enough? The fact is everyday needs to be Earth Day.

So how will I mark Earth Day 2010?

  • I will recycle the paper my office generates
  • I will recycle or refill the print cartridges my printer uses
  • I will try to keep my files in digital form
  • I will not print emails on paper
  • I will turn off the lights in my home that the kids leave on
  • I will change any light bulbs that burn out to CFLs or LEDs
  • I will keep my computer set to sleep after 5 minutes of inactivity
  • I will try to reduce the amount I drive my car
  • I will take my reusable grocery bags to the supermarket
  • I will attempt to buy food that was grown organically
  • I will support my local farmers market
  • I will not use harsh chemicals to clean my house
  • I will continue to be the head cheerleader for green and energy-efficient homes in our area

Those are just a few of the things that I do EVERY DAY, so April 22nd isn't going to be anything different for me.

Of course, if you are reading this and haven't made any of these really simple steps part of your normal day then maybe Earth Day is a great time to start.

Perhaps the only thing that I will do tomorrow that is different is take a minute to think of a few new things to add to my list. I hope you do too!

Happy Earth Day!

Live green and buy a green home in Pittsburgh! Call Christa Ross from RE/MAX Select Realty, at 724-933-6300 x214 (office) or 724-779-1437 (direct) or visit my website at www.greenhomespgh.com.

Buying or Selling a home in Pittsburgh? Call Christa Ross from RE/MAX Select Realty, at 724-933-6300 x214 (office) or 724-309-1758 (direct) or visit my website at www.bestpittsburghhomes.com.

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Saturday, March 20 -- Energy Efficiency Workshop
Christa Ross, Helping you buy and sell Pittsburgh's Best Homes (RE/MAX Select Realty - REALTOR and Green Homes Specialist)

1:00 - 3:30 PM United Methodist Church, 905 Mifflin Ave, at Whitney Ave. (Presentations from 1:30-2:30)

Come join the Greater Park Place Neighborhood Association for our !THIRD! annual Spring workshop with the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh! I’m sure you’ve heard about all those tax credits and rebates out there for improving the energy efficiency of your home–well, we’ve rounded up a nice group of folks who can tell you all about them and help you decide what you should do and what will give you the most bang for your buck. The blurb:

Eastern area neighborhoods are once again partnering with the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh to put on another free workshop for homeowners interested in improving the value of their homes. This year’s workshop will look at making homes more energy efficient. There will be presentations and then open time for participants to talk with the presenters. In addition, volunteer architects from the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh will offer a limited number of individual free “mini-consultations” on selecting the proper windows and doors for your home. So, bring pictures of the outside of your home to show them.

For more information.

Buying or Selling a home in Pittsburgh? Call Christa Ross from RE/MAX Select Realty, at 724-933-6300 x214 (office) or 724-309-1758 (direct) or visit my website at www.bestpittsburghhomes.com.

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5 Markets Expected to Fare Best in 2010
Christa Ross, Helping you buy and sell Pittsburgh's Best Homes (RE/MAX Select Realty - REALTOR and Green Homes Specialist)

Pittsburgh Convention CenterHere is to Starting the New Year Off Right! Pittsburgh is one of the 5 markets expected to fare best in 2010 according to Moodys.

They predict home prices to appreciate by .89% this year, not a big jump but way better than a decrease and much better than most of the rest of the country.

One factor that is cited as a reason we are doing well is that prices basically stayed in sync with household income. Another mentioned is that we have managed to maintain a stable economy through the downturn.

You can read the whole story here.

Now is a great time to buy a home in Pittsburgh! Call Christa Ross from RE/MAX Select Realty, at 724-933-6300 x214 (office) or 724-779-1437 (direct) or visit my website at www.greenhomespgh.com.

Buying or Selling a home in Pittsburgh? Call Christa Ross from RE/MAX Select Realty, at 724-933-6300 x214 (office) or 724-309-1758 (direct) or visit my website at www.bestpittsburghhomes.com.

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Steady Pittsburgh Offers Some Great Opportunities
Bill Jacoby (Prudential Preferred Realty)

I can only speak for myself, but, I have heard enough about the sorry state of real estate in the country. Obviously, as real estate professional, I am biased, but what these national reports fail to point out is that real estate is a local animal that tends to travel more in line with the city and neighborhood trends than national or international ones.

More specifically, Pittsburgh has faired extremely well in this economic tumult. Forbes high ranking of Pittsburgh in its least expensive city's to purchase and maintain a home in article and the Post-Gazette's recent article on the area's real estate health, all document what we, as real estate agents, have been trying to convey.

All of this is great news for homeowners, but what about for buyers? The national real estate market and global economic slowdown have created opportunities here for savvy buyers.

One such opportunity is in the South Side-the neighborhood with the greatest appreciation over the last ten years in Pittsburgh. The South Side Lofts has an incredible value on the market. 2250 Mary St. #216  is currently LISTED for nearly $11,000 less than the average SALES price of the last four units sold. It is an absolute steal at $225,000.

Single family home more to your liking? Check out 6640 Fifth Ave.  in Pittsburgh's quaint and coveted Point Breeze neighborhood; where similar properties have an average sales price of $378,202 over the last six months. This home is a great buy offered at $275,000.

These two properties are on sale and both ready for immediate occupancy.

Pittsburgh continues to buck the national trends and still offers great opportunities. It is a fine time to be a Pittsburgher.

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