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Building a Stronger, Safer Home

Building a Stronger, Safer Home

How your choices affect the cost of your new home. People expect their new home to be a strong, safe, well-built structure. After all, isn’t that what building codes are for? Well, the answer is YES...and NO. Building codes do establish some minimum performance...

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Healthier Home = Healthier Household

Healthier Home = Healthier Household

How your choices affect the cost of your new home. With all four children plus mom suffering from asthma and allergies, Paul and Cindy opted to invest $3,000 in a high-performance air filter and air purification system when building their new home. They feel it was...

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Green and Energy-Efficient Homes

Green and Energy-Efficient Homes

How your choices affect the cost of your new home. “People don’t buy a new home because of the energy efficiency, though they’ll brag about that later,” according to home builder Hugh Fisher in Warwick, Rhode Island, referring to his net zero-energy ready homes at...

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Brake Light Homes

Brake Light Homes

How your choices affect the cost of your new home. What’s a “brake light home”? One that is so stunning, that brake lights come on as people slow down to take in its beauty while driving by! New homes of almost any size, at almost any price point, can exude curb...

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Offsetting Home Ownership Costs

Offsetting Home Ownership Costs

Since 1980, the number of Americans living in multi-generational households has been on the rise to where today, one in five U.S. households have at least two adult generations in the home, and usually children, too. Younger adults find paying rent to their parents...

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Cost of Ownership – Resale Value

Cost of Ownership – Resale Value

When looking at your new home investment, one of the considerations is future resale value. Buyer preferences change over time, and the farther out your time horizon, the less confident you can be in a design, amenity, or product’s future popularity. Americans live in...

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Beyond Dollars – The Cost of Home Ownership

Beyond Dollars – The Cost of Home Ownership

Thinking about the cost of home ownership often resides in the “left brain,” which is associated with information, rational thinking, and analytics. Yet we feel other, very real costs, expressed in terms such as happiness/frustration, contentment/disappointment, or...

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