I was a first-time home buyer & Crystal did a terrific job leading me through the process. She's a good listener & worked hard to understand what was important to me. We found the perfect house. I appreciated Crystal's attention to detail, her tenacity in getting me a the best deal possible, & her patience with my endless questions.
~ Michelle B.
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The story of The Heritage Home Team begins several years ago with a young woman who had a passion for personal finance. Crystal wanted to learn how the average American grew their wealth. What her studies always brought her back to was that Americans that owned homes were wealthier and more ‘comfortable’ then Americans that did not own their own home.
But, it’s not just about moving into any home. It’s about finding a home of good quality in a good area that will continue to appreciate year after year. This is what Crystal and The Heritage Home Team pride themselves in: finding a good quality home, in the target price range, in the available time frame.
How does this apply to you, the seller? Whether in a seller’s OR buyer’s market the best way to sell your home is by appealing to potential buyers; to make sure they can see themselves living in your home, not wondering who currently lives there. My job is not only to help you price and market your home aggressively – it is also to view your home through the eyes of a buyer, from the very beginning.
The Heritage Home Team also prides itself in being ‘green’. You’d be amazed at how wasteful a life on the go can be. The Heritage Home Team drives hybrid cars, only prints when needed – and double sided if possible, saves files in electronic format instead of paper format, shys away from prepackaged products, and is learning how to be greener every day. The little things add up!
It’s that spooktacular time of year again! There will be an abundance of trick-or-treaters coming around to your homes on Friday night. We have compiled a list of ways you can have a terrific Halloween night, but to keep the cost down to a minimum and to save some energy.
Instead of using lights this Halloween, try lighting fall scented candles! Not only will there be a delicious fragrance, but it will add a touch of spookiness to your home. And if candles aren’t quite your speed, you can purchase LED string lighting in a variety of colors (these are great for all of the holidays). These stay cool and save energy!
Don’t forget about those jack-o-lanterns! The most commonly used method of lighting pumpkins are tea lights. This year, try using a solar walkway lamp instead. Not only will you not have to worry about a flame, but it won’t go out either! You can also use these to light the path to your home to make it easier for trick-or-treaters. However, if you’re a stickler for tradition, try using LED tea lights to light your pumpkin.
If you’re handing out candy like we do, you’re constantly opening and closing your door. This lets all of your heat out and the cold air into your home. Try turning off your furnace and using your fireplace instead of heat for the night.
If you have any tips that you do with your family to save energy during the holidays, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact us here.
Why wouldn’t you want to utilize one of the most powerful sources of energy? The SUN! Solar power panels are a great way to lower your utility bill and to keep your home going throughout the year. Not only does it decrease your energy bill, but you can take advantage of current rebates and tax credits, which won’t be around forever.
1. The Price
The price of residential solar electricity has dropped by 46% since 2010! This is because the methods of installing the panels is becoming more efficient.
Rebates and incentives are offered by the local, state and federal government. And they can take off as much as 50% of a system. The biggest incentives is the tax credit from the Federal Government. But this will only last until December 31, 2016 – this allows you to be eligible for a tax credit of 30% of the price of your installed system. (You can ask the installer to give you the local and state incentives) Click here for Kansas incentives. Click here for Missouri incentives.
3. Solar Law
The Renewable Portfolio Standard is the biggest reason why states offer incentives. This states how much renewable energy local utilities must provide their customers by a certain date. If they do not meet this deadline, the utility companies can be given a substantial fine.
Because methods for installing are causing the price to decrease, the number of years it takes to recoup your investment are also decreasing. The amount of time it takes to regain your investment is half of what it was five years ago. Currently it takes about 11 years to get back your investment. Once you have received your payback, the savings will add up! You can expect to save roughly $600/year!
5. No Need for Full Sun Exposure
Your savings aren’t derived from the amount of sun you receive in your area, but by your local electrical rates.
6. Pay as You Go
There are now leasing plans that you can use to your advantage. Your lease may be 15 to 25 years, and you only pay for the solar-generated electricity.
You will still pay your normal monthly maintenance fees, plus charges for any electricity you use in excess of what your solar system can provide. This will decrease your monthly electric bill. Your best option is still to purchase the system though. That way you own the system and will be able to reap the benefits of free electricity.
7. Solar Adds Value
Studies by the Appraisal Institute, say a home improvement that leads to documented energy savings can yield up to a 20-to-1 valuation. At that rate, if your solar system saves $1000 per year, you can expect a $20,000 increase in your home’s value.
**Note: For a marketing edge, document your before and after electric bill once you have installed your solar panels.