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Oregon home prices hit record in Lane County

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Although to be clear, True Built Home does not build within Lane County Oregon, we do like to post articles (Average home price in Lane County sets all-time record, beating pre-recession figures) and good reads about housing within our site. Perhaps some of the more sensible reasons folks choose to build with on your lot builders like ourselves is reflected in this article about record home prices for Lane County. The frightening part about this “record” may mean that those folks purchasing housing in areas such as Lane might find that they purchased at the top of the market. However others feel with tighter governmental control of lending practices and other factors, our surging real-estate market should continue. That brings us to another reason why folks choose an on your lot costume home builder like True Built Home. It makes economical sense to build a home and often have walk-in-equity. Even if the market took a nose dive, often clients that build with us do not suffer the same equity loss as those that purchased on the used side of home sales. Here is a good read for you if you need to understand this a bit more.

 

How can True Built Home SAVE you thousands of dollars!

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I have 23,000 reason why you should build a True Built Home

When comparing home builders side by side, it can really be tough for you the buyer. Why? Because not all apples are built the same.

As an illustration, consider if you were buying a new car. Sure, it comes with wheels, engine and transmission. However, if it was say an automatic transmission instead of manual, leather seats instead of cloth, nice rims instead of hub caps, it becomes apparently clear that you are buying a nicer vehicle than the plain-jane. However, you should expect or demand that the cheaper car should also be priced cheaper right? If then you bought the cheaper car, but paid the same price as the nicer car then yahoo for the dealer, but shame on the consumer for not doing their homework.

It’s similar with our homes compared to others. For instance, I have shouted this from the roof tops, but it’s so important that I am going to stress it in another way. I am going to compare a top-selling floor plan by one of our major competitors to our top-selling home just to show you how much more money you are wasting by ordering my competitors house and THEN, explaining why we can build for less money with more quality features than builder “X”. After which if you choose to literally “throw your money away”, it’s on you.

Being discreet I will simply say one our largest competitor sells a home that is 2576 sqft, 2 car garage 2 bath in Washington for $158,900 or roughly 61.68 psf. We’ll compare that home to our best seller the Juniper Ridge which is 2527 sqft with two car garage 2.5 bath for $155,900 or 61.69 psf. nearly the same square footage price right? So you would think it should have pretty much the same features, correct? It’s important to compare apples to apples so you the consumer can have a clearer idea of what you are getting in your home or what you may want to add to get a nicer home. I am going to point out only where glaring differences exist. For starters let’s go to the foundation because, you should have noted that you already get an extra bathroom with our TBH house (about $3500);

Foundation – They have a 22’’ foundation, True Built Home (TBH) offers a 24’’ foundation. Why shorter? Obviously to save money. In addition, they do a hung joist floor where we do a rim joist floor. That essentially cost the builder more but the reason being is we need that extra space because we often run all the HVAC plenum under the house, but the real benefit is almost all clients want access to the crawl space for future use. They do not offer the electric furnace package standard, their standard heat source are wall units. So, between the two items mentioned here, you are looking at about a 10k dollar upgrade. Get out your wallet.

Next; their garage space is 22×22, where ours is 22×24 or 44 more sqft. To add 44 more sqft to their garage you’ll likely be charged 1600 dollars. Oh BTW, your TBH home will come with a freezer jack, and 2 outlets in the garage and a plug-in the ceiling because we do a garage door opener standard (we mention later in this article) – put your hands up with our competitor because they are going to charge you another $500-600 dollars for those items.

Fascia board – If you look at their product, they attach the gutters right to the truss tails. However, a True Built Home comes with fascia board. The cost to add to our competitor’s house add $700-800, and the peace of mind that the truss tails won’t rot! As you look up under the overhang of the roof, with their home you will see oriented strain board or better known as OSB. While this is a great product and we use it too on our homes, we don’t use it for the overhang of the roof. There is a debate on whether or not to allow this to be exposed to the constant weather. Builder “X” will tell you that the paint you put on it will be just fine, however, it still is unsightly and will it hold up under Washington mood swings with our rain and sun?? TBH only installs CDX plywood. It’s smooth, can be painted and durable. It looks great and last for years when used properly. If they offer it, you might pay as much as $500-600 extra dollars for this True Built Home standard feature.

Let’s move inside where the costs are really going to go up.

Carpet pad – We do an 8lb pad, they list “carpet pad” as their standard and one would only guess that it’s a 6lb because if it were 8lb, they would mention it. Upgrade cost-around $700 dollars

Our hemlock solid wood trim stained to match your cabinets is by far a step up from what our competitor offers. Their standard trim is an embossed (plastic) coated finger jointed wood trim. Obviously much less expensive and it shows but the real problem is when you damage it. You see, because it’s embossed you can repair it to make it look right again. With a true wood trim, when it gets nicked or damaged it’s an easy fix. Do you desire that TBH standard? It will cost you about $1800.

If you get rid of the cheap trim, you’ll have to upgrade their door package because they are an embossed flat photo finish door to match the plastic coated trim. When will it stop, right? Add roughly $2000 dollars because our interior doors come painted as well! We offer 5 different whites as standard. However, if you have a different color in mind, we charge a bit more outside of our standard white.

All of our cabinets come standard as a 36’’. Add $800 dollars for that change. Are you yelling for mercy yet?

Back to the garage – We include the opener. However, if you are their client you may want to open it on a rainy day, right! Add $400-550 dollars.
We use only Moen faucets throughout all of our branches-Not sure what they use, they don’t list it but if they don’t you could be looking at around $900-1100 dollars to have installed a nationally recognized and award-winning faucet. We offer both the Brantford and the Eva standard in chrome. Satin and ORB are an upgrade. Keep in mind the deep kitchen sink and we hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised by our faucet as well.

We really could mention more like HD Formica counter tops, a better selection of standard vinyl and carpet, door hardware, bathroom hardware; all of which are upgrades by others. So, if you walked into builder “X and wanted the “Standard” True Built Home, how much more would you have to spend? Sit down.
You would spend north of twenty-two thousand dollars, that’s right $22,450 dollars, and we are being conservative!

So, you should be asking yourself why and how. Why do they do that, and how can TBH offer more for less? The big secret is they are franchises. Yep, they have to pay the mother corporation for each home sold and they make the majority of their money on upgrades, and you pay out the nose to make their business model work. True Built Home is owned by only one person; not like a franchise and not like another competitor of ours which is owned by three families. When compared to them as well, you end up funding their checking and saving account, not yours.

So the question we want to ask is when a company offers a product but does not list the items that go into the home… why not? The other is, if a company does not list the price of their homes, why not? When you the buyers are kept in the dark from the start, how might you be treated during the process and at the end of the process?

Our standard home, is our competitors upgraded home.

Obviously it’s your money and you can spend it how you like, but nearly $23K is a LOT of lattes and movies. Or, as we stated at the front of this article, a car with leather seats, nice rims and an automatic transmission!

60 Fall Decorating Ideas

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tbh_nov_5_fbNeed some inspiration for fall decorating? Look no further, HGTV has compiled a wide variety of styles for you to choose from, all of which are beautiful.

http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/design-101/our-45-favorite-fall-decorating-ideas-pictures.

If decorating is your passion, at True Built Home we can build you a home that is easy to redecorate whenever you wish.

Visit us for more information at: http://truebuilthome.com/.

Terry S Pemberton-Expert Construction Loan Officer

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True Built Home’s brief interview with one of the Pacific Northwest lending construction loan officer, Terry S. Pemberton of Umpqua Bank

 

Terry first of all, how long have you been in the lender business, and how many years total in the construction lending side of things?

Well Lewis, I’ve been in the mortgage banking industry since 1989 and I have specialized in construction lending for 20 years.

Terry, it’s good to hear that you moved from one nationally recognized bank to a more regional lender with Umpqua Bank. Why the move?

After a lot of analysis, I determined that Umpqua Bank’s construction loan products offered a better overall structure which is more beneficial to the needs of the local borrowers and builders in our area.

If a client were to ask, “which lender does TBH recommend for their construction loan?” why might we tell clients to use you?

Lewis, our construction loan products have low fees and great rates as compared to some of the other products on the market.  But even more important to some borrowers, is the low down payment feature if the borrower does not already own the land. If a borrower is in title on the land at the time of application, they can utilize the equity from the future finished value of the new home and land together, as if the home is already built on their lot. The benefit to the borrower is that the equity can be applied to the down payment. These unique features can be a huge help to some borrowers.

How many construction loans have you done over the course of your professional career and how does this experience help the customer?

I’ve probably closed over 1000 construction loans in the last 20 years. My experience in construction lending helps me guide the borrower through a complex loan with ease because I’ve had the opportunity of working with borrowers through so many different scenarios over the years.

What has been the average loan amount?

My construction loans have ranged from $50,000 to $2,000,000, but, on average they are typically in the $200,000 to $400,000 range.

Are construction loans more expensive than say a refi or purchase?

Yes, construction loans in general are more expensive than most other types of residential mortgages, mainly because the loan needs to include fees for the monthly inspections and drawsOne advantage at Umpqua Bank is that we process and fund all draws internally through our own Custom Construction Draw Department. This means that builders will always work with an Umpqua Associate and never a 3rd party.

What documents are normally needed from the client to close on a construction loan?

Each borrower’s personal financial situation is different, but generally, financial items needed are the same as any other mortgage. As for the construction portion of the loan, I will need to document the project with a contract from the general contractor, plot plan, description of the materials, and a line item budget of all the costs.  The borrower may have portions of the project that will be completed by someone other than their general contractor.  This could be for things like the septic system, a new well or landscaping.  If that’s the case, we’ll need documentation for those items as well.  I will give the customer and the builder a complete list of the items we require early on in the process so that everyone knows what all will be needed.

How long will a construction loan take to close?

The time to complete a construction loan can vary quite a bit depending on each scenario.  From the time I receive a complete credit package and a complete builder and project package we can usually close the loan within 60 days.  Things that can extend that time frame are finding land on which to build, getting septic approval, getting bids for items that won’t be completed by the general contractor or changes to the project after the appraisal has been completed.  When I meet with a customer I explain the details and set expectations based on their situation.

What are some typical “hiccups” to construction loans?

Obtaining the various permits required in association with the building project can create delays. Also, unexpected cost overruns can occur during construction.  If a borrower started with temporary construction financing instead of a one-time close loan, they may have trouble getting approved for their permanent financing if they have had changes to their financial condition during the course of construction. Certainly other “hiccups” can occur also.

What do you think stresses out most clients during the process?

I advise all of my borrowers to try and have patience throughout the process. Many things can stress out the borrower since this may be the first time they have built a home and the long list of decisions they need to make in a short period of time will tend to add to their normal stress load. The main idea to keep in mind is the finished product will be something they can enjoy for many years to come.  They need to talk about setting proper expectations up front, having solid plans and specs, keeping changes to a minimum and keeping in mind that they may run into unanticipated snags.

We know you do business with TBH competitors, but if you were to offer a compliment about True Built Home to our prospective clients, what might that be?

The fact that TBH survived and grew out of the 2008 real estate market is impressive by itself. In addition, I think TBH can include itself in a general group of on-your-lot builders who recognize the need of a middle market, custom home product, and understand how to display and deliver the concept to the marketplace.

Thank you, Terry for your time.

 

Loans subject to credit approval.

Terry S. Pemberton

Home Lending Officer NMLS ID 185396
Direct: 360-280-4208
Fax: 888-977-9408
Email: terrypemberton@umpquabank.com
Web: www.umpquabank.com/tpemberton

Terry can serve all of True Built Home’s locations and branches.

Show me the equity!

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In reading this article I found in it some sobering facts, especially the one about homes that are in the $200k range. If having equity in your home is important you’ll enjoy this piece. If you would like to read the article from the original site, here is the link.

Staff TBH

 

WASHINGTON — If you’re like most homeowners, it’s your biggest asset. You can’t track it online or check monthly statements sent to you by a bank, but it’s crucially important for your personal financial well-being and your retirement planning.

It’s your home equity — the difference between the market value of your house and whatever debt you’ve got on it. Equity for most of us is a big deal, and based on data released recently by the Federal Reserve, Americans’ home-equity holdings are booming.

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That’s great news for most owners — though not all — and for the economy as a whole. The more equity we have, the more likely we are to spend money on goods and services that create more jobs — the so-called wealth effect.

Now consider these brain-bending big numbers: Thanks to rising prices and substantial continuing pay-downs of mortgage debt, owners’ combined equity holdings increased by $795 billion during the three months ended March 31. Homeowners’ equity holdings at the end of the first quarter totaled $10.8 trillion, the highest amount since late 2007 — but still well below the bubble-era record of $13.4 trillion reached in early 2006.

 

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The ongoing boom is also pulling thousands of owners across the country out of real estate purgatory — they’ve been stuck in negative equity positions but are now transitioning to positive. According to new estimates from mortgage and housing analytics firm CoreLogic, the owners of 312,000 houses moved out of negative territory during the first three months of 2014. If prices rise just 5% in the year ahead, say researchers, an additional 1.2 million owners could do the sale.

Now for the sobering side of the home-equity story: Despite the boom in housing wealth underway, many owners are still unable to join the party. About 6.3 million of them remain underwater on their loans. The average amount of negative equity they’re carrying is often significant — they owe an average 33% more than their house could command in a sale today. That gives you an idea of the widespread pain still being felt in the wake of the bust and recession.

The impact is especially severe for owners who bought with little or nothing down and then loaded on additional debt with second mortgages. The average negative equity balance for owners with two mortgages is about $75,000, according to CoreLogic. For households with one mortgage, the average negative equity is around $52,000.

Also on the sobering side, millions of owners continue to have less equity than they’ll need if they want to sell or even refinance. At the end of March, 10 million owners had less than 20% equity in their properties, and 1.6 million of them had less than 5%. Given real estate transaction costs, most people with less than 5% equity would have to bring money to the table to pay off the debt on their house when they sell.

Equity holdings are closely linked to market segments — higher-cost houses are less likely to be in negative equity positions than lower-cost homes — and geography. According to CoreLogic, only about 3% of homes costing more than $500,000 have negative equity. By contrast, 17% of homes costing less than $200,000 are in negative positions.

Not surprisingly, areas of the country that performed worst during the bust — where easy-money financing was most common during the boom — continue to have high rates of negative equity, even well into the housing rebound. But there’s one dazzling exception: California. In some inland counties during the recession, toxic financing contributed to home value losses of 50% and higher. Yet today, thanks to the most vigorous marketplace rebound of any state, just above 11% of California homes are in negative equity. Compare that with 29% in Nevada, 27% in Florida, 20% in Arizona.

Where are average equity levels highest? Texas, where home prices remained modest and affordable during the boom, is at the top. Just 3.3% of Texas homes have debt exceeding their resale values. Rounding out the top five, Montana, Alaska, North Dakota and Hawaii all have less than 5% negative equity on average. The District of Columbia, a high-cost market that has seen significant home-price appreciation in the last several years, ranks sixth best in the country with a 5.1% negative equity rate.

 

Equity in your home, or the lack there of

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I read this article; although a few months old, I found in it some sobering facts, especially the one about homes that are in the $200k range and the owners equity, or lack there of, position. I have highlighted it below.

Staff TBH

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WASHINGTON — If you’re like most homeowners, it’s your biggest asset. You can’t track it online or check monthly statements sent to you by a bank, but it’s crucially important for your personal financial well-being and your retirement planning.

It’s your home equity — the difference between the market value of your house and whatever debt you’ve got on it. Equity for most of us is a big deal, and based on data released recently by the Federal Reserve, Americans’ home-equity holdings are booming.

That’s great news for most owners — though not all — and for the economy as a whole. The more equity we have, the more likely we are to spend money on goods and services that create more jobs — the so-called wealth effect.

Now consider these brain-bending big numbers: Thanks to rising prices and substantial continuing pay-downs of mortgage debt, owners’ combined equity holdings increased by $795 billion during the three months ended March 31. Homeowners’ equity holdings at the end of the first quarter totaled $10.8 trillion, the highest amount since late 2007 — but still well below the bubble-era record of $13.4 trillion reached in early 2006.

The ongoing boom is also pulling thousands of owners across the country out of real estate purgatory — they’ve been stuck in negative equity positions but are now transitioning to positive. According to new estimates from mortgage and housing analytics firm CoreLogic, the owners of 312,000 houses moved out of negative territory during the first three months of 2014. If prices rise just 5% in the year ahead, say researchers, an additional 1.2 million owners could do the same.

Now for the sobering side of the home-equity story: Despite the boom in housing wealth underway, many owners are still unable to join the party. About 6.3 million of them remain underwater on their loans. The average amount of negative equity they’re carrying is often significant — they owe an average 33% more than their house could command in a sale today. That gives you an idea of the widespread pain still being felt in the wake of the bust and recession.

The impact is especially severe for owners who bought with little or nothing down and then loaded on additional debt with second mortgages. The average negative equity balance for owners with two mortgages is about $75,000, according to CoreLogic. For households with one mortgage, the average negative equity is around $52,000.

Also on the sobering side, millions of owners continue to have less equity than they’ll need if they want to sell or even refinance. At the end of March, 10 million owners had less than 20% equity in their properties, and 1.6 million of them had less than 5%. Given real estate transaction costs, most people with less than 5% equity would have to bring money to the table to pay off the debt on their house when they sell.

Equity holdings are closely linked to market segments — higher-cost houses are less likely to be in negative equity positions than lower-cost homes — and geography. According to CoreLogic, only about 3% of homes costing more than $500,000 have negative equity. By contrast, 17% of homes costing less than $200,000 are in negative positions.

Not surprisingly, areas of the country that performed worst during the bust — where easy-money financing was most common during the boom — continue to have high rates of negative equity, even well into the housing rebound. But there’s one dazzling exception: California. In some inland counties during the recession, toxic financing contributed to home value losses of 50% and higher. Yet today, thanks to the most vigorous marketplace rebound of any state, just above 11% of California homes are in negative equity. Compare that with 29% in Nevada, 27% in Florida, 20% in Arizona.

Where are average equity levels highest? Texas, where home prices remained modest and affordable during the boom, is at the top. Just 3.3% of Texas homes have debt exceeding their resale values. Rounding out the top five, Montana, Alaska, North Dakota and Hawaii all have less than 5% negative equity on average. The District of Columbia, a high-cost market that has seen significant home-price appreciation in the last several years, ranks sixth best in the country with a 5.1% negative equity rate.

Raised Heel Truss

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In one of the more common areas to save on your heating cost, the raised heel truss with additional insulation is one that is in reach for most of our clients. Essentially, at the ends of the hip part of the roof, the angle of roof to exterior wall becomes very small. As a result, almost the entire perimeter of the home, where your roof hips, you are loosing heat or better know as money. In the picture below, you will see what a standard home comes like, and what a “raised heel truss” looks like;

Raised-Heel-truss

 

By raising the truss up off the top plate and increasing the area between truss and sheet rock to roof under sheathing, you effectively gain enough area to provide a higher insulation value for those areas. If say we were building both types of homes and they are each roughly 1000 sq-ft homes, the house on the left, or a standard truss package, would get only 900 sq-ft of R49 whereas the rest of the areas would be roughly R20. That is a significant amount of insulation loss. When raising the heel, effectively you have increased all the areas to get the maximum amount of insulation as possible. Add R60 in the roof and you really have a home that will save you money.

 

Why not ask one of our helpful home consultants how much these upgrade cost. Contact True Built Home now!

 

3 Billion plastic bottles and some really smart people

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What do you get when a company wants to make their carpet exclusively with plastic bottles? Much cleaner landfills, and oh, carpets that are the best in the world!
True Built Home and Mohawk, the award-winning flooring people, have teamed up to bring the most durable, stain and wear resistant carpets in the industry.
To learn more about EverStrand click here.
EverStrand is True Built Home’s standard line of carpets. It is a polyester carpet, or better know as PET. In fact up to 99% of all carpets in the US are synthetic in nature. If you are currently having a home built by True Built Home and have yet to order the carpet, you may want to visit with your office to see what the possibility is of having EverStrand installed instead of our previous standard carpet. Why?
EverStrand is made exclusively from 100% recycled water bottles. These bottles, before being discarded, were approved for human needs from the FDA. Low to zero VOC.
EverStrand comes with the best warranty in the carpet business. (Some highlights are below)
Lifetime stain resistance 10-year abrasive wear 10-year texture retention 10-year soil resistance 10-year manufacturing defects.

Step It Up A Notch!

For a little extra money, you can upgrade to the SmartStrand, a nylon carpet which has the ONLY built-in stain and soil protection that NEVER wears off. Other carpets lose as much as 50% of their protection after three steam cleanings. So, in about 54 months, you lose 50% of the stain protection but with SmartStrand, you still retain 100% protection! You can download their Brochure if you’d like. Need a little proof, what about Red Wine?
Flooring Protection to the Max
Finally, our laminates or engineered hardwoods from Mohawk with Armormax. What is Armormax?

Introducing the industry’s most durable coating system for hardwoods, Mohawk’s ArmorMax™ Finish Technology offers maximum protection for your floor. Combined with Scotchgard™ Advanced Repel Technology, ArmorMax serves as the ultimatebarrier against staining and abrasions that come with everyday life.

  • Tested and proven protection that is five times more resistant to wear than other similar extended wear finishes.
  • Built-in surface shield repels stains and everyday messes for long-lasting performance in your home.
  • Easy maintenance, as ArmorMax Finish eliminates the need for frequent hardwood cleaning and floors look newer for longer.
  • Backed by a 50-year finish warranty.
Basically, Mohawk took on 6 other competitors according to the principles of ASTM D 4060 They sit a sander if you will, with essentially is 320 grit sand paper and a little over a pound and half weight on it. Every time the sander makes one revolution, it is counted as such until in does it 500 times, or better know as a cycle. Mohawk products with Armormax lasted up to 3000 revolutions, or 5 times tougher than their closest competitor!
So, if you are thinking of building a home with a “cheaper kind of builder”, remember, the old saying, “the cheapest person always pays the most”. True Built Home has your back! We don’t settle for the cheapest product to put in your house. That’s what others do. We look for the best value, but more importantly, when it comes to flooring, those that will stand the test of time!
Please call or email us to discuss True Built Home’s incredible line of products, benefits, and features. You can reach us by email at contact@truebuilthome.com  For a brief video about Mohawks products, you can click here. Or on our YouTube.
Learn all you want about carpets here.

Hybrid Hot Water Tanks-Why Wise, and How They Work

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Having hot water is essential to the modern family. Thanks to some genius in the past, we no longer have to cut word and boil it over a fire! After all, after cutting all that wood, who needs a hot bath or shower.

The old ways of heating the water in a conventional water tank, well are about to “tank” as new methods, along with cheaper methods, come along. Today you have several choices to heat your water to save money. 1. Chop wood and boil (as discussed, not the best way). 2. Electric tank with what essential is a wire coil that heats the water (what most homes have). 3. On demand (stay far away from electrical ones, gas ones are great) 4. Solar (more money, but will eventually come down in price) 5. Hybrid (the most popular choice). Today we are looking at the hybrid means.

Hybrid hot water tanks work a lot like a heat pumps that cool and heat your home in a much more efficient means than an electric furnace package and an air conditioner. The Heat Pump Water Heater is an integrated system that utilizes heat pump technology to provide a more efficient way to heat water with electricity. Similar to your home air conditioner in reverse, the Heat Pump Water Heater extracts heat from the surrounding air and transfers the heat to the water in the tank. This is a very efficient means of heating water, and yields a by-product of cooler, dehumidified air. More storage capacity allows the water heater to operate in the most efficient mode and generate greater savings compared to smaller capacity heat pump models. Greater storage capacity provides more hot showers every morning. Essential, the hybrid hot water tank can save you on average about $300 per year. With local and state rebates, you might be able to re-coop the cost of the hybrid hot water tank in about 3 years or less. The great thing is you should see immediate savings each month. In addition, the hybrid hot water tank has a monitor control area that you can adjust on a moments notice. It will have a vacation mode and by simply touching the button, wham, it converts to vacation mode.

You can check out more information here.

Combine the hybrid with a high efficacy heat pump, some heal trusses, triple pane windows, and you are on your way ever month at savings hundreds and thousands of dollars over the course of these modern products lives.

The Pros and the cons;

Pros

  • Saves money every month
  • Quick adjustment to heat settings
  • Pretty cool looking
  • Will make you feel good going green

Cons

  • The cost will take about 3 years to re-coop
  • They have to be in the garage or must be vented if installed within the home
  • Makes noise
  • Slightly bigger than a standard hot water tank

 

True Built Home-For Sale in the heart of wine country!

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True Built Home specializes in pre-sell, on your lot, custom home building. Every now and then we build a spec home to use as a model home, or we see value in doing so. So it is with our Zillah Lakes home. We initially built it to show perspective clients in and around the Yakima/Tri-Cities area our product and displaying all of our standard features. However, now it’s time for us to move onto building a model home near our office in Richland. That brings us to the reason for this email. If you or somebody you know is interested in buying a brand new home in the heart of wine county, please contact Carol
A little about the home for sale; Its a rambler, 3 bedroom, gas fireplace, vaulted ceilings, 2 car garage, electric furnace and heat pump, with a 50 gallon hybrid hot-water tank. 5 piece master bath, large sliding glass door off the back of the home with nice patio new appliance and a utility sink in washer and dryer room. The garage comes level 2+ sheet-rocked and insulated with a garage door opener. Click Here for a few photos.
A little about the location; Zillah is about 15 minutes east of Yakima, really in the heart of the Yakima Valley vineyards. Here is a link to a map featuring some of the more well known wineries in the area. The home is located in Zillah Lakes Community. This is just what the doctor order to take life’s stress away. Small lakes that you can fish for white fish, trout and bass. A 9 hole golf course to keep your game alive. Great neighbors and almost walking distance to one of our favorite winery in the area, JBell Cellars. Construction just started on an Urgent Care facility, and coming soon, an event center. The home itself is literally across the street form the sheriff’s department. Talk about security!
Last year my wife and I decided to “rough it” (no furniture or beds are in the home) by taking three days off to visit the home, stay, and drink in (literally) the areas best wines. While it was sunny (in fact boasting of 360 days of sunshine a year) at Zillah and in the 70’s, it was raining, cold and miserable in Tacoma and Seattle. Just a little over a 2 hour drive, and you’d think you were in a different country!
The Zillah Lakes community has a very high ceiling as more lots become available to build on and the wine country continues to produce some of the country’s best wines. One other side point is the Principal of Toppenish, where if you had children they’d likely attend, was voted the best principal in the nation in 2012.
The home is being offered below current market value at $249,900. If you love wine, warm weather a little golf and some fishing, you literally could be enjoying yourself much more in the coming months. Call now!DSCF6413 DSCF6411 DSCF6410 DSCF6401 DSC_0039 DSC_0028 DSC_0020 DSCF6410 DSCF6408 DSCF6407 DSCF6406 DSCF6405 DSCF6399 DSC_0036 DSC_0027 DSC_0025 DSC_0024