¿Cómo mejorar la calidad del aire interior en nuestros hogares?

Green home Generalmente la manera más eficaz de mejorar la calidad del interior del aire de tu casa es eliminando fuentes individuales de contaminación atmosférica o reducir sus emisiones. Fuentes como materiales que contengan asbestos, por ejemplo deben estar selladas o aun mejor removidas; otros como estufas de gas, se pueden ajustar para disminuir la cantidad de emisiones. En muchos casos, el control de la fuente de la calidad del aire es la ventilación que al mismo tiempo es costo eficiente para preservar una mejor calidad del aire interior de nuestras casas.

La mayoría de los sistemas de calefacción y aire acondicionado son sistemas de aire forzado, no traen mecánicamente el aire fresco en la casa. Abriendo las puertas y ventanas, ventiladores de áticos cuando el clima lo permite, o cuando tenemos aire acondicionado de pared con la ventilación abierta por periodos cortos de tiempo incrementa la cantidad de la ventilación y sirve como purificador del aire dentro de tu casa. Los ventiladores locales del cuarto de baño o de la cocina ayudan a eliminar los contaminantes directamente del cuarto donde están ubicados.

Es particularmente importante tomar pasos posible pues mientras que este implicado en actividades a corto plazo que puedan generar altos niveles agentes contaminante como por ejemplo, pintura, pintura que pela, soldar etc. recuerde que para la mayoría de los problemas del aire interior de nuestra casa, es la prevención y el control, fuentes eficaces para mejorar la calidad de aire interior.

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¿Cómo el aire dentro de nuestra casa se puede contaminar?

Green homeGeneralmente pensamos que en la contaminación atmosférica esta en el aire libre, pero el aire en nuestras casas podría también ser contaminado.

Las fuentes de la contaminación de interior incluyen:

  • Moho y Polen
  • El humo del tabaco
  • Los gases que emiten pesticidas caseros, monóxido de carbón, radón.
  • Materiales de construcción como asbestos, formaldehído y plomo.

Se ha dicho mucho sobre ventilación apropiada, y que si no tenemos bastante aire fresco que entra en nuestras casas, agentes contaminadores puede acumularse a  niveles que pueden plantear problemas de salud inmediatos y afectar nuestra comodidad.

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Real Estate, Is it for Real?

HELOCs the next thing home credit product? Home prices, including distressed sales, rose year-over-year by 5.9% in March, according to data released Tuesday by CoreLogic.

The CoreLogic Home Price Index report found that March was the 37th consecutive month to feature year-over-year increases in home prices across the country. Month-to-month, home prices also rose by 2%, including distressed sales.

CoreLogic’s HPI Forecast estimated that prices will continue to increase month-to-month in April by 0.8% when including distressed sales and 0.7% without these properties

Yes!  You can get top dollar for your home!

Yes! You can get top dollar for your home!

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In addition to the # 1 rule in Real Estate   “Location, Location, Location” there are some other suggestions you can benefit from, to get top dollar for your home!

The strategy varies by neighborhood and market conditions, but staging a house to appeal to the maximum number of buyers can make difference in how fast the home sells.

If you have a limited budget, here are some tips that can make your house to sell for a top dollar:

  • Add color to you landscape by either replacing flower beds or potted flowers, along with fresh sod.
  • Replacing light fixtures and plumbing fixtures will give your home a modern touch for a minimal investment.
  • Consider removing popcorn ceilings; however you need to be careful because popcorn ceilings of pre-1979 homes are likely to contain asbestos, and you need someone licensed to remove it.
  • Remove window treatments, unless they are current and high-end. That cuts the risk of turning off would-be buyers who don’t share your taste, and uncovered windows that will let more light into the rooms.
  • If you’re using your dining or a bedroom as an office for example, turn it back to their original painting a homeuse.
  • Replace dirty or worn carpet, you’re better off removing the carpet if there are hardwood floors underneath.
  • Uncluttered your house by packing away items that you will not use on an every day basis is a must. You want the new family to envision themselves living in the home.
  • A deep cleaning before you put your home on the market is a must, so everything shines.
  • Repaint all rooms in neutral colors. A fresh coat of paint also makes the house look newer and more modern.

With a few simple, low-cost tweaks, you can significantly enhance your house’s curb appeal. Focus on low cost improvements. Since every dollar counts, devote your time in renovations that’ll bring you a return.

ARE WE ON THE RIGHT TRACK?

ARE WE ON THE RIGHT TRACK?

foreclosure-montageEight national banks,  Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citibank, HSBC, OneWest Bank, PNC, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo  saw the performance of their first-lien mortgages improved in the fourth quarter of 2014, while the delinquency rate on those mortgages and the foreclosure activity continued to decline, according to a quarterly report on mortgage performance by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released Friday.

The mortgages covered in the report comprised about 45 percent of all outstanding residential mortgages in the United States – about 23.1 million mortgages with principal balances totaling about $3.9 trillion as of December 31, 2014.

Foreclosure inventory dropped by 39.7 percent year-over-year in Q4 down to 315,022, and Home retention actions, which included modifications, trial period plans, and shorter-term payment plans, totaled 195,577 in Q4, a decline of 19.5 percent year over year.

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Is home remodeling worth the investment?

Is home remodeling worth the investment?

painting a homeMore Renovations are not Necessarily Better. Before you begin any major projects, it’s important to assess your home’s value and the neighborhood it’s in. Determine what it will be the approximate return on the investment (ROI) based on the current market value or how long you plan on staying in the house.

Be sure that your home renovations will add to the value of your home, but also aware that getting too extravagant may not bring the ROI you’re expecting.

The value of remodeling projects depends on several factors. First, take in consideration how old is the structure of the building, as well as, the general condition and the real need for the home-remodeling project.

The appearance of a house on the outside is what gives an initial and lasting impression.   Keep the exterior paint in good condition with no flakes or chips and roof should be clear of damaged shingles.

If paint on window shutters or trim is chipped, a new coat will refresh them and give your house a whole new look. These are inexpensive investments that are worth the cost.

Bath and kitchen areas are the most important rooms within a home. Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom can cost thousands of dollars but in many cases all they need is some sprucing up with paint or new floor material.

If the kitchen cabinets are in good condition, do not replace them with a complete kitchen remodeling job. They can be sanded and painted or stained for a lot less money. Replacing the knobs and handles will do the job as well giving them a whole new look and won’t cost a great deal of money.

Replacing an antiquated bathroom vanity and an old toilet is not very expensive and is not considered a major bathroom remodeling job. New bathroom fixtures from bathroom designer warehouses at cut-rate prices are also good options. Updating an old sink is as well inexpensive remodeling task. All these home-remodeling projects are worth the investment.

Be aware, that you don’t want to do work that makes your house worth $800,000. when the average market in your area is only $500,000.

Certain home renovations are a win-win situation, providing enjoyment to you, the homeowner, and then making your home more marketable, and worth more, in the future. Other renovations, however, can set you back thousands with no guarantee of future payoff on the Return of the Investment (ROI).

Don’t exceed the ceiling for the value of the homes in your neighborhood, or you won’t get your money back. Remodeling can cost a pretty penny, however it can provide significant returns when it comes time to sell your home, if you do it right!

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House Price Index Up 0.3 Percent in January

House Price Index Up 0.3 Percent in January

Prices-going-up-graphic-2U.S. house prices rose in January, up 0.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the previous month, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) monthly House Price Index (HPI). The previously reported 0.8 percent change in December was revised downward to a 0.7 percent change.

The FHFA HPI is calculated using home sales price information from mortgages sold to or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. From January 2014 to January 2015, house prices were up 5.1 percent. The U.S. index is 3.5 percent below its March 2007 peak and is roughly the same as the December 2005 index level.

El Indice de Precios de Casas incrementó  0.3 por ciento

El Indice de Precios de Casas incrementó 0.3 por ciento

Prices-going-up-graphic-2Los Precios de la vivienda de los Estados Unidos incrementaron en Enero en un 0,3 por ciento sobre una base ajustada estacionalmente desde el mes anterior, de acuerdo al índice de precios de casas de la Agencia Federal de Financiación de la Vivienda (FHFA).

El Índice de Precios de las Viviendas (HPI-House Price Index) se calcula utilizando la información de los precios de ventas de hipotecas vendidas o garantizadas por Fannie Mae y Freddie Mac. Desde Enero del 2014 hasta Enero del 2015, los precios crecieron en un 5.1 por ciento.

Existing home sales slightly rebound

Existing home sales slightly rebound

Why this is a great time to sell your home?

 This is a great time to sell your home!

Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 1.2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.88 million in February from 4.82 million in January. Sales are 4.7% higher than a year ago and above year-over-year totals for the fifth consecutive month.

Mortgage Rates plummeted today after Fed’s announcement

While the average improvement of 0.10% might not look like much at face value, it’s the biggest Finding-a-refinance-rate-for-your-homeone-day drop we’ve had in 2015, and in a league with very few other players historically.

With today’s improvement, the most prevalently-quoted conventional 30yr fixed loan for top tier borrowers falls back to 3.75%.   Some lenders will remain at 3.875% today, but many feel that  those lenders held back from passing on the full effect of the market movement not an uncommon occurrence after a volatile swing like today’s.