Property Improvements

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How to Increase Commercial Real Estate Cash Flow

February 8, 2017

Landlords can yield greater profits from rental properties through creative income streams, such as making improvements that warrant a rent increase.

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Beat the Urge to Hibernate With a Home Improvement Project

February 6, 2017

The dark winter months may seem impractical for home improvements. However, upgrading your home during this slow season can improve your stress levels, as well as your bank account. Instead of hibernating this winter, why not transform your home into a sleek, energy-saving dwelling with optimum comfort to fit your lifestyle? Depending on your climate, some outdoor projects are unfeasible due to winter weather. Inside, there are plenty of options—from adding insulation and replacing your HVAC system to installing water-efficient plumbing and retrofitting your lighting.

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12 Things Appraisers Know About Green Energy Properties

February 3, 2017

Some traits of a green energy property are clearly visible: solar panels, a wind turbine in the backyard, or reflective roof shingles meant to repel the sun’s heat. Other features, however, are just as important, but not as noticeable.

Appraisers and real estate brokers are becoming familiar with the importance of efficiency in the real estate market. They now understand that while major upgrades can lower energy costs, sometimes it is the unseen upgrades that best increase a home’s value.

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The 8 Best Home Energy Efficiency Improvements You Can Make

January 29, 2017

Homeowners who want to improve the efficiency of their property should ask themselves these two related questions: which upgrades will save the most money on energy costs and which will add the most value to my house? Choosing simpler upgrades may be the best initial course of action. For example, adding sealant around windows and installing weather stripping around doors is inexpensive, but these “quick fixes” can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs.

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Reducing Our Collective Demand for Electricity

December 20, 2016

Nine days after Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeast, deliveries from the New York Harbor had only returned to 61 percent of pre-storm levels, making essential supplies difficult to distribute and jeopardizing public safety. Reducing our nation’s collective demand for electricity will help alleviate the strain on our power grid. But how can this be done?