How Do we improve the air quality in our Homes?

 Usually the most effective way to improve indoor air quality is to eliminate individual sources of air pollution or to reduce their emissions. Some sources, like those that contain asbestos, can be sealed or enclosed; others, like gas stoves, can be adjusted to decrease the amount of emissions. In many cases, source control for air quality is also a more cost-efficient approach to protecting indoor air quality than increasing ventilation because increasing ventilation can increase energy costs.

Most home heating and cooling systems, including forced air heating systems, do not mechanically bring fresh air into the house. Opening windows and doors, operating window or attic fans, when the weather permits, or running a window air conditioner with the vent control open increases the outdoor ventilation rate and serves as a simple form of air cleaners. Local bathroom or kitchen fans that exhaust outdoors remove contaminants directly from the room where the fan is located and increase the outdoor air ventilation rate.

It is particularly important to take as many of these steps as possible while you are involved in short-term activities that can generate high levels of pollutants–for example, painting, paint stripping, heating with kerosene heaters, cooking, or engaging in maintenance and hobby activities such as welding, soldering, sanding, model making and gluing.

However, remember that for most indoor air quality problems in the home, source control is the most effective solution.

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How Do Homes Impact Health?

  1. Indoor air pollution is 4 – 5 times worse than outdoor air and sometimes even greater.
  2. We spend 90% of our time indoors.
  3. 15% of homeowners may be allergic to elements in their own homes.
  4. Prevalence of asthma has double since 1976.

Indoor air pollution has been described by EPA and Congress as America’s number one environmental health problem. Air pollutants can and do cause allergies, sick building syndrome, bacterial infections and spread viruses to name a few. The American College of Allergists state that 50% of all illnesses are caused by polluted indoor air.  NEXT: How does our air inside the house get polluted?

¿Cómo nuestra Casa puede afectar la salud?

 

  1. La contaminación atmosférica del interior de nuestra casa es de 4 a 5 veces mas altas que el aire ambiental de acuerdo a las épocas.
  2. Pasamos el 90% de nuestro tiempo en ambientes cerrados.
  3. El 15% de dueños de una casas pueden ser alérgicos a elementos en sus propias casas.
  4. El predominio del asma se ha duplicado debido a la contaminación atmosférica interior de nuestras casas desde 1976.

La contaminación del aire en interiores ha sido descrita por la EPA ( La Agencia de Protección Ambiental) y el Congreso como el problema de salud ambiental número uno en los Estados Unidos. Los agentes contaminadores del aire no solamente pueden pero resultan en alergias crónicas, sino también en infecciones bacterianas y viruses por mencionar algunos.

El Colegio Americano de especialistas en Alergias (American College of Allergists) expone que el 50% de todas las enfermedades son causadas por el aire contaminado de los ambientes cerrados.

Próximo: ¿Cómo el aire de nuestra casa se alcanza a contaminar?

 

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.

Negative Equity continues being a Serious Concern Despite Year Over Year Decline!

Negative Equity continues being a Serious Concern Despite Year Over Year Decline!

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While the percentage of homes in the United States with negative equity has declined substantially since the fourth quarter of 2013, they experienced a slight increase quarter-over-quarter in Q4 2014, according to CoreLogic‘s Q4 2014 Equity Report released last Tuesday.

CoreLogic reported that 10.8 percent of all residential homes were underwater in Q4, this is about 5.4 million properties approximately, which was down from 13.3 percent  in the same quarter a year earlier. The Q4 total was up slightly from the 10.3 percent that was reported for Q3 2014 – an increase of 3.3 percent.

Despite the year-over-year decline in the percentage of underwater residential properties, negative equity remains a serious issue, according to Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. For the full year of 2014, 1.2 million borrowers regained equity – but nearly five and a half million properties remained in negative equity as of the end of the year after approximately 172,000 homes slipped into negative equity from the third quarter to the fourth quarter in 2014.

Approximately 10 million of the nearly 50 million residential properties with a mortgage in the United States, which is about 20 percent of these properties have less than 20 percent equity, a condition known as under-equitied.

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Tienes un Préstamo HELOC? Informate!

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Keep Your Money Where It Is, if you’re planning on buying a home!

Keep Your Money Where It Is, if you’re planning on buying a home!

spend_less_money_save_moreIt’s not wise to make any huge purchases or move your money around three to six months before buying a home. You don’t want to take any big chances with your credit profile. Lenders need to see that you’re reliable and they want a complete paper trail so that they can get you the best loan possible.

If you open new credit cards, amass too much debt or buy a lot of big ticket items, you’re going to have a hard time getting a loan.

56 Percent of 3.3 Million HELOCs Scheduled to Reset With Higher Payments

realestatehousemoneymi600-resize-600x338A total of 3,262,036 HELOCs with an estimated total balance of $158 billion that originated during the housing price bubble between 2005 and 2008 are still open and scheduled to reset between 2015 and 2018.

Realty Trac the nation’s leading source for comprehensive housing data, today released its first-ever U.S. HELOC Resetting Report, which found that 56 percent of the 3.3 million Home Equity Lines of Credit potentially resetting with higher, fully amortizing monthly payments from 2015 to 2018 are on properties that are seriously underwater.

With 645,872 HELOCs, California led the way among the states in terms of sheer volume of resetting HELOCs. A total of 423,706 (66 percent) of those resetting HELOCs in California are on homes that still seriously underwater

 

Are you better off fixing or buying a home?

Are you better off fixing or buying a home?

There is neither a specific answer nor one size fits all!  There are plenty of considerations to review. First of all, your financial ability and market demands are some of the factors to survey before deciding if it’s wiser to find a new dream home or fix your current home.Luxury Home Kitchen.

Before considering renovating your existing home, take an inventory of your home’s physical current condition, and deal with contractors for renovation costs. Major home renovations bring stress, unexpected complications and budget overruns. Depending on the age of your current home, you may also have to jump through additional hoops to meet newer building code requirements.

Purchasing a new home could actually cost you less monthly than renovating your home depending on its age, and types of renovations you’re considering. If you intend on financing renovation costs,  find out how much you will be adding to your existing mortgage, home equity loan or line of credit  versus obtaining a new home mortgage.

Keep in mind that even if you renovate your older home, in a future buyer’s eyes, it’s still an older home. It is a good idea to have a sense of the market activity in your neighborhood to consider trading up or renovating your current home. The main purpose of home renovations is primarily to increase your home’s enjoyment. While you may be able to recoup some or most of the costs during the home’s sale, there are no guarantees.

Se vence el pago de la primera cuota del Impuesto a su Propiedad

Se vence el pago de la primera cuota del Impuesto a su Propiedad

 El 1ro. De Noviembre es el Pago de la Primera cuota del Impuesto  a su Propiedad. Todos los dueños de propiedad en California deben pagar los impuestos sobre la propiedad que se basan en el valor de sus viviendas o propiedades comerciales. Property Taxes Due Now copy

Estos Impuestos se pagan en dos plazos. Las Primeras facturas de impuestos sobre la propiedad del año fiscal son enviadas en octubre; y el primer pago  es el  1 de noviembre y se considera moroso  el 10 de diciembre.  El pago de la segunda cuota es el 1ro. De Febrero, y se considera moroso el 10 de Abril y penalidades de hasta un 10% podrían añadirse a su cuenta.

Para muchos de los contribuyentes de California, la ley de impuestos sobre la propiedad es uno de los mayores pagos de impuestos que se realizan cada año. Para muchos  de los gobiernos locales en California, las escuelas K-12, colegios comunitarios, ciudades, condados y distritos especiales representan la base esencial de sus ingresos.

Los impuestos sobre la propiedad en California incluyen una variedad de diferentes cargos fiscales. Entre estos  están  la tasa de 1 por ciento establecida por la Proposición 13 en 1978.  Bajo la Proposición 13, los impuestos a la propiedad no podrán  superar el 1 por ciento del valor tasado de su propiedad y no puede elevarse a una cantidad superior a la tasa de inflación medida por el índice de precios al consumidor, con un 2% limite al año.  También incluyen otros impuestos aprobados por los votantes, evaluaciones de Propiedad efectuadas por los condados, impuestos  llamados  Mello Roos e Impuestos de Parcelas.