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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Abriendo Puertas para la compra de tu Casa Propia!

Abriendo Puertas para la compra de tu Casa Propia!

Los Reguladores Federales anunciaron  el martes la promulgación de nuevas reglas bajo la QRM  para promover el financiamiento hipotecario.  Estas promulgaciones  permitirán la elegibilidad  y asequibilidad de más compradores de casas, para que así puedas  hacer realidad el sueño de la Casa Propia!

Tu Casa Propia!

Tu Casa Propia!

Nos referimos a los tan esperados cambios bajo las Reglas de Hipotecas Calificadas, QRM (Qualified Residential Mortgage). Estas reglas  proporciona un conjunto de requisitos necesarios que un préstamo debe cumplir para ser considerado elegible y poder ser vendido   en el mercado secundario.

La regla QM provee estándares de habilidad para pagar los seguros de préstamos y la asequibilidad de los mismos.  Bajo la regla QRM, los préstamos se consideran generalmente calificados si la relación de deuda a los ingresos del prestatario es 43 por ciento, y con una cuota inicial  de solo 3 por ciento, a comparación del Programa del Gobierno FHA que requiere un mínima cuota inicial del 3.5 por ciento, entre otras cosas.

Los prestamistas ya están trabajando en sus sistemas para actualizar todos estos cambios, que se reflejara en una ampliación, y disponibilidad de crédito a los compradores de Casa que hasta ahora ha sido uno de los principales obstáculos para incrementar la compra y venta de propiedades.

Bienvenidos los cambios de la QRM!

Opening Doors for Homebuyers!

Opening Doors for Homebuyers!

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is the first of six financial regulators to release the final version of the long-awaited qualified residential mortgage (QRM) rule. The National Association of Realtors applauds this action because it will make possible to incorporate rules that include a broad definition for Qualified Mortgage standards implemented earlier this year.

Got your House?

Got your House?

Under the QRM rule, loans are generally considered qualified if the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio is 43 percent, among other things and there is not onerous down payment requirement, as regulators had originally proposed.

The NAR strongly opposed earlier versions of the rule that included 20 and 30 percent down payment requirements, which would have denied millions of Americans access to the lowest-cost and safest mortgages

For lenders, having these two rules in alignment provides the clarity they’ve long been asking for, widening and deepening loan eligibility and availability, which has been one of the main stumbling blocks to increased home sales.

Homebuyers will have now more credit availability reflecting an increase in home purchases, and refis. Way to go!