New Homes Getting Smaller

“Home buyers are finding that they would prefer to spend their housing budget on lower energy costs and features, rather than sacrificing that quality for more space,” said Central MS energy rater and home builder Gary Smith. This sentiment was mirrored in the 2007-2008 Consumer Preferences Survey conducted by the National Association of

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State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program

ARRA allocated $2.8 million to Mississippi to develop and administer a residential rebate program for the purchase of ENERGY STAR-rated appliances. MDA’s Energy Division will partner with utility companies and retailers to promote the program statewide, encouraging Mississippians to replace existing, energy inefficient appliances with new ones. This rebate program will save energy and stimulate […]

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Deal or No Deal? 7 New Home Sales Tips – Podcast

Most of us are familiar with the popular TV show, Deal or no Deal. The show has a good formula for how to negotiate: There is pressure, tension, drama and expectation; it follows a lot of the patterns of negotiating.

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Green Verified vs Green Certified

There is no doubt about it. Green is hot! It’s everywhere! But with respect to housing what’s the difference in “Green Verified” and “Green Certified”? If you talk to 10 different people you’ll most likely get 10 different answers to “What does green mean?” You’ll hear everything from “Yes, we’ve gone green at my office […]

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CGP – Certified Green Professional Course Returns to Jackson

The home builders association is bringing the CGP – Certified Green Professional designation course back to Central MS next month. I got this notification from Spence over at the association: This is Spence Tribble from the Home Builders Association of Jackson and we are excited to announce that the NAHB approved Certified Green Professional (CGP) […]

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Booby Trapped Garage Door

It’s always a good idea to inspect the garage door “before” you attempt to operate the door from the push button. You may have a booby trap waiting to “spring into action”.

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Green MLS Listings

I few months ago I spoke with Jo Usry, Excutive directory of JAR about the idea of adding an option for Green or/and Energy Efficient homes to be showcased in MLS. This past fall the option’s were added.

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How to Install Rigid Foam Insulation

Installing rigid foam on the outside of a house is a great way to double the R-value and eliminate air leaks. Large sheets of foam insulation, screwed and sealed to the walls or roof, can cover or replace conventional sheathing and create a continuous barrier to heat loss or gain—something you don’t get with cavity […]

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