Monthly Archives: December 2013

Coming Down to the Wire to Save on Green Home Upgrades

Tax credits for green upgrades expire soonWe are down to the last few days to save on taxes by purchasing energy-efficient upgrades, so don’t delay. The tax experts at the Equifax Finance Blog point out just what it takes to earn the

federal tax credits and offer more great tips, as well!

On December 31, the legislation that gives homeowners a federal tax credit expires so be sure to go out and purchase any energy efficient windows, water heaters, air conditioners, heat pumps and insulation before then. Many cities and states also offer tax credits to homeowners who make energy-efficient home improvements, such as dual-paned windows, solar-powered systems and tankless water heaters. Just like the federal tax credit, you don’t need have everything installed, but you do need to make the purchase before the year ends and let Uncle Sam finance your future energy savings.

These upgrades can make your home both look and feel better, but also save you on month–to-month upkeep and, if you are considering upgrades for putting your home on the market in 2014, can add to your curb appeal. After all, homebuyers love saving money and will value your investment to help them decrease energy costs. Best of all, upgrading now rather than waiting means you get to enjoy the savings, too!

The full article, “

Five Real Estate Tax Tips You Should Know Before 2014” has many more ways you can save on your 2014 taxes, but you better act fast! The Equifax Finance Blog has more information about how to go green and save green, as well as key information on credit scores, retirement planning, budget balancing and much more.

Atlanta Home Builder Caters To Growing Energy-Efficient Buyer Segment

homes for sale in Gwinnett CountyAccording to the latest Profile of Homebuyers and Sellers from the National Association of Realtors, homebuyers are thinking green when it comes to their new home purchase decision. This year’s top priorities for those purchasing a new home included heating and cooling costs, energy-efficient appliances and energy-efficient lighting.

Atlanta home builder Smith Douglas Communities has developed building practices that maximize energy performance for all of its homes. Green features of the builder’s metro Atlanta homes include two-zoned HVAC systems with thermostats for each floor (in two-story homes), low E windows, house wrap, steel insulated high efficiency front and rear doors, 50 gallon electric water heaters and high efficiency insulation.

In addition to building green, Smith Douglas also offers award-winning floor plans designed to meet the needs of today’s buyer. Each home is loaded with features and finishes such as granite countertops and vaulted ceilings in the bedrooms, while also offering buyers the opportunity to customize the plan to include additional layout options. Plus, each Smith Douglas home comes with a 2-10 Home Buyer’s Warranty for added peace of mind.

With more than five communities of Canton and Woodstock GA homes in Cherokee County and another 13 communities of metro Atlanta homes in Forsyth, Gwinnett, Henry and Paulding Counties, homebuyers are sure to find a location convenient to where they live, work and play, an additional key factor among buying decisions.

To learn more about Smith Douglas’ new homes and communities, call 770-485-7086.

Energy Efficient Homes Almost Sold Out in East Cobb

Energy Efficient Homes in AtlantaAshton Woods Homes’ Lassiter Ridge and Mabry Manor communities are almost sold out. Located in East Cobb, find a home convenient to everything!

Only three energy efficient homes in Atlanta remain at Lassiter Ridge. Priced from $599,900, one home features the Cambridge floor plan with 3,606 square feet, six bedrooms, five baths and a full finished basement. Additional features include wide plank hardwoods, guest retreat on the main and a gourmet kitchen. The kitchen boasts a large island, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, tile backsplash and a butler’s pantry. Also, the owner’s suite on the second level has a sitting room and his and her walk-in closets. Children residing in Lassiter Ridge will attend top ranked schools, such as Lassiter High. Continue reading