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 does our air inside the house get polluted?

Green homeMuch can be said about proper ventilation, for if we don’t have enough fresh air entering the home, then pollutants can accumulate to levels which can pose immediate health problems and affect our comfort.

We usually think of air pollution as being outdoors, but the air in your house or office could also be polluted. Sources of indoor pollution include:

  • Mold and pollen
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Household products and pesticides
  • Gases such as radon and carbon monoxide
  • Materials used in the building such as asbestos, formaldehyde and lead.

Usually indoor air quality problems only cause discomfort. Most people feel better as soon as they remove the source of the pollution.

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¿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?

 

Como esta el Indice de Precios en las Propiedades HOY?

Una de las mas conocidas agencias de Bienes Raíces en línea, Homes.com ® , ha lanzado el mas reciente reporte del índice de precios del mercado local. Un resumen de como los precios de ventas en los mercados mas grandes se han manifestado.Price-Income_Featured-f084f5

Entre los mercados de la nación entre un aproximado de 300, 166 o 55 por ciento han alcanzado significativa recuperación. En el mes de julio 50 de los mercados más grandes de la nación, 100 experimentaron una recuperación completa de sus precios.

La visión a largo plazo sigue siendo optimista, con la continuación de los mercados reflejando aumentos año-tras-año.

Are we there yet?

Price-Income_Featured-f084f5One of the leading on-line real estate destinations, Homes.com®, has released its latest Local Market Index, a price performance summary of repeat sales in the top 100 markets, and the companion Midsize Markets Report for the next 200 largest markets. Among the nation’s top 300 markets, 166 or 55 percent have now achieved full price recovery 24 more than the 142 markets reported in June.

By July, 50 of the nation’s 100 largest markets experienced a complete price recovery, one more than the prior month. Additionally, 116 out of 200 midsize markets saw a complete price recovery, 23 more than reported in June.

July saw 16 of the top 100 markets post a decline in their 3-month averages. The long-term view remains robust though, with all 100 markets continuing to post year-over-year gains.

 

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Great Schools, Great Values!

As focus on school performance has become more astute thanks to a rising emphasis on test scores and completion rates, home shoppers have become more cautious in their selections as well.

Homes in the best school districts, on average, sell for higher prices than similar homes in less-popular school districts. A simple analysis might say that good schools are wholly responsible for this added value.Schools

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, there is a definite correlation between school expenditures and home values in any given neighborhood. A report titled, “Using Market Valuation to Assess Public School Spending,” found that for every dollar spent on public schools in a community, home values increased $20.

Homes in the best school districts, on average, sell for higher prices than similar homes in less-popular school districts.

Consumers are willing to sacrifice certain things to live in the right school district. Some of Realtor.com’s survey results were surprising: One out of five buyers would give up a bedroom or a garage for a better school. One out of three would buy a smaller home.

As data continues to be published about schools’ performance nationwide, the expectation is that the trend will continue, and even increase, on a district, state and national level.

How trendy is the REAL ESTATE MARKET!

 Real Estate Market trends are expected to stay positive and likely to boost business dollar volume by as much as 15 percent this 2015.   Now, New homes have now waiting lists.

Buying and selling real estate is a complex matter. At first it might seem that by checking local picture books or online sites you could quickly find the right home at the right price….right???

But a basic rule in real estate is that all properties are unique. No two properties – even two identical models on the same street – are precisely and exactly alike. Homes differ and so do contract terms, financing options, inspection requirements and closing costs. Also, no two transactions are alike.

Because market conditions can change and the strategies that apply in one negotiation may be inappropriate in another, this information should not be set in stone. During your time in the marketplace your realtor will keep you updated, and alert you to each step in the transaction process.

A successful financial life is all about maximizing the positive decisions and minimizing the negative ones, especially in real estate investments. The good news is that all negative decisions may be avoided.

Sandy Flores Broker/Realtor (714)963-7462

Real Estate is historically and currently, the greatest investment! We have the knowledge and experience to guide a “newbie” or a seasoned client through the process of creating wealth in Real Estate.

If you or someone you know would like to know more about  real estate investments let us know. Call me @ (714)963-7462

 

 

Don’t DO a Home Inspection, unless

GREAT! You found the right HOUSE.

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Buying your FIRST HOME it is a very emotional process for most of homebuyers. However, don’t allow your emotions to get the best of you! You may fall into a number of common and high costly home buyer’s mistakes.

It’s important to keep your emotions in check to make the best possible decision. Once you’ve fallen in love with a particular home, it maybe hard to go back. Avoid the temptation to get in over your head financially, or the disappointment of feeling like you’re settling for less than you deserve. Start your search at the low-end of your price range, and see what home will satisfy your priorities.

Even when you have a long list of must-haves, there are probably several homes out there that can meet your needs.   Be open-minded, so you don’t run away from good deals. However, don’t buy a fixer-upper that’s more than you can handle in terms of time, money or ability, and definitely out of your budget. If you have been looking for a while, and still not seeing anything you like, don’t get desperate by overbidding excessively to get into your new house.

In a HOT REAL ESTATE MARKET it may be necessary to pull the trigger very quickly if you find a home you REALLY like. However, you have to balance the need to make a quick decision in this kind of market, make sure the home will be right for you, without neglecting important steps like making sure the neighborhood is appealing to you, and it feels safe at night and during the day, investigating also possible noise issues like a nearby train, airports, among others. Taking the time to consider your decision will also give you a chance to research how much the property is really worth and offer a reasonably price for it!

HAPPY HOUSE HUNTING!

Sandy Flores   Broker/Realtor (714)963-7462

Sandy Flores Broker/Realtor
(714)963-7462

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