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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Green Building and Green Home Retrofitting


This is an exciting time for green home construction and for green retrofitting a home. Green building trends offer some amazing opportunities to ensure a healthful, efficient home, and this year we'll see even more options than we have in the past. Benefits include energy savings through water and energy efficiency, better indoor air quality and reduced construction waste.

Some of the myths about green building and retrofitting are that it is complicated and expensive. It’s true that some go to great lengths to build their own efficient, off-grid home. But many can improve their current home with some of the ideas below.

Green ideas for retrofitting the inside of a home:


Green ideas for outside the home:

  • Utilizing a rain barrel to water your garden
  • Diverting storm water to be infiltrated into your yard or landscaping instead of directly into storm sewers
  • Planting trees that shade the building to alleviate some of the need for air conditioning
  • Composting keeps your garbage scraps out of everyday waste and creates food for your garden
  • Using worms instead of chemicals to fertilize your garden

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) now requires new constructed homes to meet the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code in order for potential homeowners to be eligible for a conventional FHA-insured mortgage.  So purchasing a newly built home means getting more green features in your home. Plus builders want to work with green-minded individuals in the home building process.

Green home construction practices:

  • Building solar panels into the home during construction
  • Utilizing roofing materials such as slate, terra cotta, white tiles, special membranes, and metal roofing reflecting the sun’s energy away from the roof, cools faster at night and holds less heat for less time to help reduce energy costs and usage (see roof types)
  • Geothermal power is an option that involves a substantial up-front investment, but with it via the earth (think heat pump) you can heat and cool your home. (How it works)
  • Use of recyclable and sustainable materials
  • Green practices instilled in every phase from design to construction

We hope this article give you some ideas for ways to add more green features to your home. The Boehmer Team can connect you with a local green builder or find an existing green home for sale. Visit
www.TheBoehmerTeam.com or call us today for assistance.


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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Questions to Ask a REALTOR® When Listing Your Home

How should I price my home?

This is a question that no online estimator or Zillow “zestimate” can answer accurately. It is imperative that you speak to an experienced REALTOR for correct pricing. A REALTOR has access to the most current information on the local market and can take into account upgrades and high-end finishes comparable to your recent neighborhood home sales to get you the most accurate price. Expect the Realtor to share their research and data with you so you can better understand their findings and price suggestions. A quality Realtor should want to review the details with their sellers.

How many sales did you complete last year?

Did you know that the average real estate agent only sells about 6 homes a year? An agent/team that works with a higher volume of clients makes more buyer and seller connections that help sell homes quicker. Last year The Boehmer Team had 398 home sales and was awarded the top real estate team in St. Charles County for the second consecutive year.

What is your marketing plan for my home?

A quality marketing plan should include a variety of strategies to reach other agents as well as consumers searching for homes.  The Boehmer Teams “Maximum Exposure Marketing Plan” encompasses various tools and resources which have proven to be successful in the home selling process. During their listing presentation, The Boehmer Team will thoroughly review the full marketing plan.

How many websites will include information about my home?

Hundreds. The Boehmer Team’s listings are submitted through Maris MLS IDX feed to all local area real estate company websites. In addition, your listings are submitted to the major national websites and promoted through the BHHS Select Properties Relocation Program as well as numerous social media platforms.

Do you have advice for me about the condition of my home?

The Boehmer Team assists home sellers in determining small tweaks or updates that may result in higher net profit from their home sale.  Here is some more information on home updates versus value.

Can you recommend contractors and moving companies?

During our numerous years in the real estate business, we have gathered quality resources that can assist both buyers and sellers in the home sale and moving process.

Why should I hire you or your team to sell my home?

Any quality agent or team should be prepared to handle and answer this question.  For more information on why The Boehmer Team is your best choice in listing your home, contact us today!