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April 2016

The Benefits of Green Homebuilding

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4-28-16

The benefits and importance of Green Homebuilding, to the environment, the housing market, and the economy, cannot be stressed enough. It benefits the environment, the community, the builder, and the buyer: there are only winners when you build green.

On a grand scale, the residential sector makes up about 20% of the total U.S. energy consumption, as well as carbon dioxide emissions. The amount of energy consumed in the residential sector has risen nearly 35% in the last 30 years alone.

The rise of energy efficient homes, however, is beginning to take its toll on these figures, and today most of the homes being built are, to an extent, energy efficient. This is partially due to contractors recognizing their responsibility to the environment, but also largely due to simple supply and demand. After all, when asked, most homebuyers would say that a green home is a priority.

A proper heating and cooling system is crucial to building a green home, as this is where it is easiest to waste energy. Good insulation and an efficient air-duct system are very important to any green home. Not only does this lower your energy bill, but, as these systems are almost always equipped with the highest quality air filters, it keeps the air you breathe on a daily basis clean and safe.

Not only does a green home lessen a homeowner’s environmental footprint, but in decreasing the amount of energy used, a green home means a smaller energy bill. It is easily a very good investment, especially considering that, despite popular belief, building a green home does not have to be more expensive than a traditional home. In many cases, in fact, the emphasis on efficiency can actually save everyone money, including the builder.

Green homes are also better investments than regular homes, as they almost always have higher resale values. Again, this goes back to the demand for green homes, which are easier to find if you buy new than if you buy used. Buying a green home, then, makes good economic sense. As long as you live in it, your bills will be low, and when you’re ready to leave, you will be able to sell it for a better price.

For a more in-depth account of the benefits of green homebuilding, check out the United States Green Building Council’s helpful article: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/benefits-green-homebuilding.

At True Built Home, we want the best for you, and the best for the environment, so green homebuilding is our top priority. The way we build our homes is both economically and environmentally sound, so that you know you are getting the best value from every square inch of your home: http://truebuilthome.com/.

Trim

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The importance of detail.

No detail is too small for True Built Home. We work hard to make sure that every aspect of your home is the highest quality, and we don’t cut corners or take the easy route. That’s why we use a solid hemlock trim, rather than cheaper laminated wood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbl-MAAXdhk&feature=youtu.be. For more information on what makes a True Built Home stand out, visit us at: http://truebuilthome.com/.

Top 10 Reasons Home Buyers Prefer New Homes Vs. Used

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4-21-16

The best reasons to buy a new home.

It may be cheaper to buy a used home, but it can also be a hassle, and if you’re not careful you could easily end up paying so much in repairs and maintenance that you would have been better off buying new. See why a new home is better at: http://www.newhomesource.com/resourcecenter/articles/top-10-reasons. Even better than buying a new, pre-built home is building your own. At True Built Home, we make that dream a reality: http://truebuilthome.com/.

 

6 Stellar Reasons to Buy a Home in 2016

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4-19-16

If there was ever a year to buy a home, it is 2016. Taking all of the factors into consideration, there hasn’t been a year this ripe for real estate investments in a very long time. If you’re on the fence about whether or not to invest in a new home, now is the time to take the plunge.

Possibly the biggest reason to buy a home in 2016 is the simple fact that prices are finally stabilizing! For the buyer, this means a prime opportunity for a better price. According to real estate broker Tom Postillo, from HGTV’s “Selling New York,” now, while the market cools, is the moment for capitalizing on negotiations with sellers.

Interest rates are nearing an unprecedented low that experts predict will not last long. 2016 very well may be the last year you can get a 30-year fixed rate home loan of 4%! Rates this low can save you thousands of dollars by the time your mortgage is paid off.

While interest rates are down, however, rents are skyrocketing all over America. In many markets, it is actually cheaper to buy a home now than to rent! This is driving many people into the new home market, helping to stabilize prices.

Right now, tax laws are particularly favorable around the country for new homeowners. In fact, the ability to deduct all of the monthly interest you are paying on your home loan is a very real possibility if you plan to buy a home this year.

If you hadn’t planned to buy a home in 2016, don’t fret! Down payments for many homes are as low as 3%, and if you need mortgage insurance, that is unusually cheap, too! In fact, if you take out your loan from the Federal Housing Administration, fees are down to .85% of the mortgage balance – that’s a deal you just can’t pass up.

Still need convincing? Realtor.com goes into more detail on why 2016 is such a great year to buy a home at: http://www.realtor.com/advice/buy/reasons-to-buy-home-in-2016/.

It would be a shame to waste these prime home buying conditions on an impersonal, cookie-cutter home. It would also not be a great investment, at least compared to building a unique, high-quality home. At True Built Home, every house we build is not only tailored to your needs, but also a great financial investment.

If you’re looking to build a home in the Pacific Northwest, visit us and learn what makes a True Built Home such a great investment in your future: http://truebuilthome.com/.

Symphony with a Splash: Spring Symphony

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4-14-16

Tomorrow at 5, come to The Fox lobby for the Spring installment of Symphony with a Splash! Join the Spokane Symphony and local band Windoe for a fun night: http://spokanesymphony.org/concert,339,symphonywithasplashspringsplash. Come to Symphony with a Splash, and you’ll never want to leave Spokane! If you’re interested in moving to Spokane, visit True Built Home to find out how to build your dream home: http://truebuilthome.com/.

Dancing with the Tri-City Stars

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4-12-16Ever wanted to see the stars of Tri-Cities dance?

This Friday, come out to the Chief Joseph Middle School Auditorium to see Tri-Cities’ biggest stars, from local sports coaches to the Mayor himself, compete in a dance-off! More information at: http://jjb488.wix.com/dwttcs. Events like these are what make Tri-Cities such a tight-knit community. If you’re looking to build a home in the area, True Built Home is there to help: http://truebuilthome.com/.

Own Your Own Piece of Wine Country

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4-5-16

Prosser, Washington, located in the heart of the state’s Wine Country, is a wonderful place to lay claim to a new home in one of America’s most beautiful regions. Prosser has a nice relaxed feel of a small town while also being a center of culture, which means that by living in Prosser you may find that your dream lifestyle will come true. Read more about Prosser here: http://www.tourprosser.com/. We can build the home of your dreams in the Wine Country or in any location within our building area.  http://truebuilthome.com/