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What’s Green And Can Fit A Body Inside?

What’s Green And Can Fit A Body Inside?

a). The Green Lantern’s body suit.
b). One of the pods from the movie “Invasion Of The Body Snatchers”.
c). The latest trend in home building.

Since this Blog is centered around real estate, you’ve probably already guessed that the appropriate answer is C (although A is technically correct and B is half correct since the movie was originally shot in B&W).  Yes, I am referring to a trend that is considered “green” (not the color, but the effort to save our world by changing our lifestyles and taking our environment into consideration).

Could you be a pea in a pod?

The days of the McMansion are coming to an end.  Small is big and Big is small these days.  Pod housing is a growing trend, and for good reason.  Not only is the footprint smaller and more energy efficient, but the manufacturing process can be streamlined, resulting in pre-fabricated kits which can be built quicker and with less waste byproduct.

The biggest hurdle for the supporters of this type of housing, is getting mass consumer acceptance. In other countries, minimalist housing is the norm (see video below).

I’m not sure if I could live in a 300 square foot apartment, but from the video above, it appears that the occupant isn’t sacrificing much!

What do you think? Could you live comfortably in a pod unit?  Leave a comment!

When REALiTY BiTES, bite back!

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Is a picture is worth a few Thousand Dollars?

How about a few months on the market?

Back in 2008, I posted a 3 part series titled “Is it your agent’s fault“. In the articles, I spoke about many things that contribute to the successes and/or failures in the sale of a client’s home. There is no better time to look back and review these posts, especially since we are right in the middle of the worst housing market we will likely ever see. Read the rest of this entry »

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Strategic Defaults continued…

I can’t stop thinking about the whole strategic default premise. Is it guilt that prevents us from doing what large corporations do without nary a second thought? Do we really care what our neighbors, friends and family think?

I think its more than that. I think fear plays a larger role than guilt. When a corporate entity defaults on their loan, they still have individual homes to go to at the end of the day. The credit of the individual employees aren’t damaged. They can still go out and charge a dinner at a local restaurant, or buy clothes at their local department store.

If I were to default on my mortgage, my credit would get screwed up. I probably wouldn’t qualify for a credit card. Where would I live after they took my home from me? So many things in our daily life depend on good credit scores. Auto insurance is one of them. My rates would probably increase at my next renewal period. Would I be able to rent somewhere else? As a landlord, I always run a credit check on potential renters. It would take several years before I could buy another home. I think fear is what prevents us from taking that big step.

But I guess that’s where the strategy comes into play. I’m supposed to find alternative housing BEFORE I default on my loan…

But wait! I’m a REALTOR! I’m not supposed to talk about these things. It’s real estate Blasphemy! That’s right, the housing market is strong. The market will rebound. The market will rebound. It’s a great time to buy! It’s a great time to buy!

Really! It is a great time to buy! I’ll tell you why in my next post…

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“Green” trends for 2011

Just this past year, I received a “Green” certification from the Earth Advantage Institute. I still have much to learn about the processes involved, but I find the premise and ideas fascinating. Although I’ve reduced my carbon footprint by a significant amount this past year, I realize that there is much more that I could be doing…

This “Top 10” list is a good place to start if you’re wanting to become more eco-aware… I’d love to hear your thoughts. Are you are “green” as you could be?

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