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One of the strongest tornadoes to ever hit the US ripped through Greensburg, Kansas seven years ago, demolishing everything in its path, and the resulting devastation gave Greenburg a unique chance to become an aspirational beacon to the rest of the country. Rather than pack up and haul out, the residents decided to stay and [continue reading…]

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Residential rooftop solar leases have had a good run in the market, and why shouldn’t they…? They require no money upfront for systems that cost thousands of dollars while the financial and emotional reward is immediate. Problem is (and we’ve seen it before), when a business model is built to benefit only the companies while [continue reading…]

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In an unprecedented move, Panasonic has extended itself into private construction in order to rebuild post-varied-disaster Japan into a model of sustainability and smarts. The company, working in conjunction with eight others, is turning one of their former factory sites into a “Sustainable Smart Town.” Like the working relationship of the companies themselves, the goal [continue reading…]

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Buying Bad – How Not to Buy a Meth Lab

You don’t have to be terminally ill to run a meth lab but it’s probably not a bad idea. If you’re not already terminally ill, without some fairly serious precautions, you’ll probably end up that way anyway. While the main character in “Breaking Bad” may have very little to lose, plenty of prospective home buyers [continue reading…]

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Trends in housing are turning more and more to sustainable living. Many home buyers are looking for ways to incorporate little changes into their homes that not only saves them money, but also helps them to do their part in reducing their own carbon footprint. Here are several things that are trending in home designs [continue reading…]

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Ever wonder how long we’ve been trying to define “Green Building?” I first heard the term in 2005 and thought, as a residential contractor, I should probably explore the concept, just in case a homeowner had some interest. What I thought could be a passing fad has redefined my business model. Yet it’s been a [continue reading…]

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Living green has many great advantages but we all know it can come at a cost.  Often times we just can’t afford to make those energy efficient retrofits to our home. No matter how bad we wanted those double pane windows, we continue to put it off because we lack funds for the project. However, [continue reading…]

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Oh yes, it’s a bit scary out there, isn’t it… Ooooh, the real estate Halloween indeed.  Existing home sales nationwide fell 27.2 percent in August from the previous month to 3.3 million, new home sales are at the records low.  Brrrrr, chilly indeed. Bay Area, however, seems to be weathering the storm pretty well.  The [continue reading…]

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You might have been reading or hearing all sorts of conflicting news about our market.  Prices are up, prices are down, inventory is up, foreclosures are down… Trali wali, trali wali as some say in Eastern Europe. Forgive the media, they generalize too much and often pick the more negative side of the story.  Then [continue reading…]

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Do you ever find yourself so deeply entrenched in your beliefs that you miss a bigger picture?  It’s safe to say we all do.  Recently, I had a chance to speak with a lovely lady who had purchased a fantastically green home.  The house had all the latest in green building like engineered lumber, sustainable [continue reading…]

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