Economic Impact of Buying a Home

The numbers speak for themselves. The numbers speak loudly. The numbers are crazy. Homeownership simply makes economic sense - over time a lot of cents comes your way! Check out this video. Jump on the road toward improving your economic wealth. The best of times or the worst of times, there are ways to make it happen. Lets have the conversation. Call me, Al  www.SanAntonio.Homes

Home Price Appreciation

Experts Project Home Price Appreciation Into Next Year! Check out our one minute video for what appears to be a good beginning to 2021. Now is a great time to buy a home. Call us and lets begin the process today.  www.SanAntonio.Homes

Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage

Once the process for getting a mortgage is started, the last thing you want to do is buy ANYTHING on credit. There are a few more don't do's in this short video so check it out.

Make the process simple and get the approval you need to close on your new home. Your real estate and mortgage professionals can guide you along the way. Let us know if we can help.

Why You Need Expert Guidance in a Bidding War

You may have heard of bidding wars happening to someone you know - or perhaps on a newscast or in an article about the housing situation. When the demand for homes exceeds the supply, it is called a Seller's Market. It also means that sometimes there are multiple offers on a single home - call them competing offers. What to do?

It is a situation that needs managing. You do not want to find yourself in two contracts. The offers could be confusing as well as competitive. This is a time when professional guidance cen help you navigate and make the best choice. We can professionally represent you. Whether you are Selling or Buying, a real estate Professional is your best resource to bring it home!

How Homeownership Multiplies Your Net Worth

Have you ever heard that a homeowners worth is about 40 times that of a renter? For that and more, have a quick look at this video. If you are a first timer, downsizing or upsizing, we can help you. We also have a Spanish speaking agent available.

Why This Fall Is the Season to Sell Your House

Right now, there is a shortage of homes for sale. Buyers are competing and typically well prepared for a quick closing. This IS a seller's market. Find out more reasons in this very short vide.

If you would like to list your home now, please call me. Spanish speaking agent available.

4 Tips to Make Your Airbnb More Energy Efficient

We welcome our guest poster today, Alex Capozzola from the Philadephia area.

The main point of an Airbnb is to make extra revenue. Unfortunately, it can become counterproductive when you have guests that negatively affect your bottom line by wasting energy. 

If you are worried about energy costs, there are some things you can do to manage the expenses and make your Airbnb more energy efficient. 

1. Adjust the Temperature

Over half of all energy expenses in a home are related to the cooling and heating system. If you want to make your Airbnb more energy efficient, the first thing you should do is to ensure that your heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems are adequately maintained. 

HVAC systems that are dysfunctional can cause your utility bill to increase. Additionally, if air is escaping from the house through seams along the windows frames or door frames, your utility bill could skyrocket.

For those planning to sell your house in the future, a newer HVAC system also adds monetary value to your property. Before making that big investment, a change you can make today to help make your place more energy efficient is adjusting your thermostat. You can also switch to fans during the summer for efficiency and comfort or install a smart thermostat so that you can monitor the temperature better.

2. Save Water

Another way to make your Airbnb more energy efficient is to be conscious of the water usage. For example, you can install a toilet that allows guests to select the amount of water needed when flushing. This can add up dramatically over a long period of time. Plumbing maintenance is also something to keep an eye on. It is best to check for leaks regularly, especially if you notice that the water bill randomly skyrocketed over a short period. One final tip to add to your Airbnb rental is a smart shower. This feature monitors the water usage, flow rate and temperature.

3. Change the Lights

If you are using the standard incandescent bulbs in your Airbnb, this might be contributing to your high energy bills. It is better to switch to LED bulbs, as they are not only brighter with natural light, but are also long-lasting and energy efficient. LED lamps are eco-friendly. If you want something more modern, you can go for smart lighting instead. You can control these lights with a mobile phone app and wall switches so that you can monitor the lighting and usage.

4. Energy Efficient Home Appliances

You can also be more energy efficient with your Airbnb if you upgrade your older appliances. You can look at this as an investment as well, because if your appliances are nicer inside then you can potentially attract higher paying Airbnb guests. 

There are so many energy-saving smart appliances that you can purchase. If purchasing these large appliances is not part of your budget, you can ask your visitors to use the devices more efficiently by leaving rules for them to follow for the washing machine or dishwasher. 

You can easily make your Airbnb more energy efficient with these tips. Making your house as ‘smart’ as possible will go a long way with setting rules for the guests and saving energy. With these tips, you can make your home more energy efficient. It not only benefits you and the planet, but it will also make your Airbnb more comfortable for your guests without having the problem of expensive utility bills.  


ALEX CAPOZZOLO, Blogger & Writer


Philadelphia PA