Homes for the Love of our Pets

If you've made upgrades to your home to benefit your pets, you're not alone!  Beyond dog runs and pet doors, buyers today take their pets into consideration when making home purchases & special accommodations for our beloved family members are desirable.  With 79.8 million households owning pets in the US, buyers are demanding more functional & comfy accommodations for both pets and people.  

Will your next home have a pet bathing station?    Read more here:

http://www.realtytoday.com/articles/42047/20151012/the-latest-on-homebuilding-pets-are-top-priority.htm

 

How Did One Household Use 11.8 Million Gallons of Water in a Year?

Never mind that thousands of Californians are living without tap water: A household in the star-studded L.A. neighborhood of Bel Air consumed a jaw-dropping 11.8 million gallons of water over the state’s fourth year of its worst-ever drought.

That’s according to Reveal, an investigative reporting site that just outed California biggest residential water users. Based on data collected from the state’s largest local water agencies, Reveal found that some 365 households guzzled more than one million gallons of water each during the year (ending in April). Fourteen of them used more than 6 million.

But back to that one guy in Bel Air. Twelve million gallons is about as much as 90 households use in an average year. That could fill 18 Olympic-sized swimming pools. It’s about two-thirds of the amount of water that flooded the UCLA campus when a local water main burst in 2014. Remember what that looked like?

Much to the chagrin of #droughtshamers worldwide, the L.A. Department of Water and Power won’t identify the record-setting homeowner—or what they could possibly be up to. Yes, most likely it’s a case of inordinate lawn-watering. But all the rest of we Angelinos wonder what one L.A. family could be doing with 12 million gallons of water.

 

 

So Cal Gets Water-Wise!

With so many trees and lawns in Southern California, it is easy to forget we live in a desert. We import millions of gallons of water from the north, the Owens Valley, and the Colorado River, and pump millions more from regional aquifers. 

These recent years of drought have brought about a big change in Southern California.  In neighborhoods everywhere, builders and homeowners are turning to drought-tolerant landscaping and water-wise irrigation techniques to create beautiful and sustainable yards while protecting our precious water resources for future generations.


In today's market, many buyers are looking for low maintenance landscaping & properties featuring drip irrigation, native plants, and Xeriscaping instead of lush green lawns.  

Check out these web sites for more information about xericaping, plant selection, irrigation, mulching and more!!

 

Los Angeles County Waterworks

 

Sunset Guide to Low Maintenance Plants

 

BeWaterWise.com

Are you in love with a recently upgraded home? Make sure you don't pay for those upgrades twice!

Energy efficiency is a major trend in home improvements.  All over California, homeowners are electing to upgrade their homes to maximize energy efficiency, save money and preserve our precious natural resources.   These improvements can be a very expensive investment; an average size home can cost $15,000 to upgrade just the windows!  No wonder many buyers are looking for a home that has already been upgraded.

Now, there is a new program available to homeowners in many cities all over California called the HEROTM program.  www.heroprogram.com  

The HEROTM program provides low-interest financing for the full cost of energy-efficient upgrades including thousands of products from solar panels and replacement windows to insulation, heating, pool covers and drought-tolerant landscaping.  

The HEROTM program differs from other types of home financing in that it is repaid by adding the payment to the county property tax bill.   Because it is linked to property taxes, selling the house does not necessarily payoff that debt the way a typical mortgage loan is paid off.  One of the features advertised by the HEROTM program is it's transfer-ability if the home is sold.

If you're looking to upgrade the energy efficiency of your home, visit the HEROTM Program website for information on products, financing terms and features.

If you are looking to buy a recently upgraded home, you need an agent who will ask the right questions and make sure you're not left with an unexpected debt.  After all, if you've paid market value for an upgraded home, you shouldn't have to pay for the upgrades again!

If you're considering purchasing a recently upgraded home, contact me today!