Save Green by Going Green

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Alliance Homes has partnered with Skyline Homes and Karsten Homes to build new, green energy certified homes. Not only are these homes built responsibly and with little waste, they also have low utility bills-saving you money!

Love to cook or spend time in your already green kitchen, but want some more green ideas? Check out Martha Stewart’s Website for more tips and ideas. Below are a few of the tips:

Say Yes to Convection Because it continually circulates heated air, thereby reducing cooking time, convection uses 20% less energy on average than a conventional oven.

Green Dish Washing Liquid For greasy pots and pans, try scouring with salt. For burned saucepans, fill the pan half full with water, spoon in baking soda, let it soak overnight, and bring to a boil.

Unclog Your Sink Naturally Don’t worry, it sounds more complicated than it actually is. Boiling water converts baking soda to sodium carbonate, a more effective drain cleaner. Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by 3 cups of boiling water, and let science take over. It’s a much safer choice than commercial drain cleaners, which can harm skin, eyes, lungs, and the water supply.

Fill Up the Freezer The more full it is, the less energy it uses to keep food frozen.

Try Reusable Towels  Paper towels cause waste, even if you stick to the recycled brands. Microfiber towels grip dirt and dust like a magnet and don’t let go. After use, toss the towels into the laundry and reuse over and over.

Hopefully these tips can help you out in your kitchen but also give insight into the many ways to go green. You can start by going green in your kitchen through appliances and these Eco-friendly ideas, but you can incorporate other ideas to other rooms throughout your home! For more information please take a look at our website,  click here!

 

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Why Now is a Great Time to Buy!

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Not sure whether now is a good time to buy a home? Buying today is full of opportunity and more consumers are coming to realize this conclusion.

In a recent monthly survey, the mortgage company Fannie Mae found that nearly three-quarters of Americans thought it was a good time to buy a home due to their expectation that purchase prices will increase within the next year. Doug Duncan, a chief economist from Fannie Mae, stated in the Wall Street Journal, “Conditions are coming together to encourage people to want to buy homes”.

So why should you buy a home right now? We’ve listed the main reasons below:

Lower interest rates. Interest rates today are some of the lowest since 1971. “Homeownership is within reach of more households than it has been for nearly two decades,” said Bob Nielsen, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).  No one is sure just how long these low rates with stick around.

Increasing rents. Rental prices have continued to climb while vacancy rates reach a low. According to Ryan Severino, a Reis senior economist, “…rents tend to spike as landlords perceive that tight market conditions afford them greater pricing power over tenants”.

Lower prices. Prices still have not returned to their 2006 levels.

Still not sure whether buying now is the best decision for you? Now is the time to find out! Whenever buying a home you need an experienced, reputable, and trustworthy agent at your side.  Our agents at Alliance Homes are here for you. Contact your local experts today!

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Why Now is a Good Time to Buy a Home. MSN Money. 25 Jan. 2012. Web. 18 Jun 2012.  http://money.msn.com/debt-management/article.aspx?post=88a39190-6e56-47e4-a1a7-4ec8a79edfc4
Why Buy a Home? Carla Hill. Realty Times. 25 Jan. 2012. Web. 18 Jun 2012. http://realtytimes.com/rtpages/20120125_whybuy.htm