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Simple, Low-Commitment Ways to Change the Look of a Room

Want to give your space a makeover but not ready to commit to a permanent change? Sometimes all you need is a little bit of creativity and a few well-chosen accessories to completely change the look of a room.

Try refreshing your style with these temporary updates:

Rearrange the Furniture — Change it up by reshuffling the existing furniture in the space, adding or subtracting a piece or two. You would be surprised at the number of possible ways a room can be set up once you start moving things around.

Add Style with New Accessories — Add a little pizzazz to your room with a few carefully selected accessories. If you consider yourself a design novice, stick with a theme like wood, metallic or vintage items.

Redo Furniture with Slipcovers — Change the look (and feel) of your tired and perhaps outdated furniture with slipcovers. If you can’t find the right size in stores, try this DIY project to make your own.

Add Art — Original art can be expensive, so create your own! Create a gallery wall with your favorite photographs, frame scrapbooking paper, or make your own color block art by painting an accent color on a canvas.

Refresh with Removable Wallpaper — Give your room a brand-new look with removable wallpaper. Because it’s easy to change or remove altogether, don’t be shy about going with a bold design!

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energy saving components of your new or remodeled home

When designing a new home or remodeling an existing one, providing maximum energy efficiency requires careful planning, research, and attention to detail.  Taking the “whole-house systems” approach ensures that you have properly considered all areas affecting energy efficiency, and addresses the interaction between you, your building site, climate, as well as other components of your home.  The components of this approach, the ‘Big 6,’ include:

  1. Appliances and home electronics
  2. Insulation
  3. Lighting
  4. Heating and cooling
  5. Water heating
  6. Windows, doors, and skylights

Appliances and Home Electronics

Appliances typically account for 20% of a home’s energy consumption.  Appliances include washers and dryers, computers, dishwashers, home audio equipment, refrigerator and freezer, air conditioners, televisions, DVD players/TV receivers, and water heaters.  To ensure that your appliances provide maximum efficiency, verify that they are ENERGY STAR-qualified.  The U.S. Department of Energy publishes guidelines for selecting ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances. Click on the image below for a link to these and other products.

Insulation

Proper insulation offers one of the biggest energy saving benefits.  Additionally, proper insulation provides added comfort and noise reduction, improving the overall livability of your home.  Proper insulation involves a good understanding as to where to insulate, and which types and quantities of insulation to use for your particular climate and type of heating/cooling system you plan to install.  Check with the U.S. Department of Energy website for insulation guidelines.

Lighting

Artificial lighting accounts for approximately 10% of a home’s energy consumption.  Using new artificial lighting technologies (i.e., replacing inefficient incandescent light bulbs) can reduce lighting costs by 50%-70%.  Maximizing the use of natural daylight in your home via windows and skylights will further reduce the need for artificial lighting.

Heating and Cooling

Heating and cooling typically account for approximately 56% of the energy consumption in your home, making it the largest energy expense.  Whether you are upgrading/replacing an existing system or selecting a new system, make sure that you address supporting equipment such as thermostats and air ducts, which provide additional energy savings opportunities.  Work with your builder or remodeler to consider the wide variety of technologies available for heating and cooling your home.

Water Heating

Water heating can account for 14%-25% of your home’s energy use.  There are many energy savings water heating strategies from which to choose for your home or pool.  These strategies include how hot water is used, insulation techniques, and of course, employing energy saving equipment.  The U.S. Department of Energy website contains information regarding selecting water heating equipment and employing water heating energy savings strategies.

Windows, Doors, and Skylights

Windows, doors, and skylights can gain and lose heat in several ways:  1) direct conduction through the glass or glazing, frame, and/or door, 2) radiation of heat into a house (typically from the sun), and out of a house from room-temperature objects, such as people, furniture, and interior walls, and 3) air leakage through and around windows, doors, and skylights.  When selecting new or replacing existing doors and windows, use their energy performance ratings to tell you their potential for gaining and losing heat, as well as transmitting sunlight into your home. Atrium Windows and Doors is an example of an Energy rated company. Click on the picture below for more information.

In conclusion, builders and designers who use this ‘whole-house systems’ approach recognize that the features of one component in the house can greatly affect other components.  This ultimately affects the overall energy efficiency of the house.  The U.S. Department of Energy website contains vital information on proper implementation of these 6 energy savings techniques.

1. “The whole-house systems approach”,  U.S. Department of Energy

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New Home from Perry Homes in Bella Vista

Featured 65′ Homes Ready For Immediate Move-In
13406 Palatine Hill
4,099 Sq. Ft.
5 Bedrooms  –  4.5 Baths  –  3-Car Garage
WAS $451,900  NOW $389,900

  • 18-Foot Ceiling, Ceramic Tile Floor & Cast Stone Fireplace in Family Room
  • Upstairs Game Room & Media Room
  • Covered Backyard Patio & Porte-Cochere
13430 Palatine Hill
3,798 Sq. Ft.
5 Bedrooms  –  4.5 Baths  –  3-Car Garage
WAS $444,900  NOW $389,900

  • Library with French Doors & Formal Dining Room with Hardwood Floors
  • Upstairs Media Room & Game Room
  • Sprinkler System & Extended Covered Backyard Patio
13622 Palatine Hill
3,791 Sq. Ft.
5 Bedrooms  –  4.5 Baths  –  3-Car Garage
WAS $448,900  NOW $374,900

  • Family Room with Cast Stone Fireplace & Ceramic Tile Floor
  • Upstairs Game Room & Adjacent Media Room
  • Extended Covered Backyard Patio
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New Home Construction at Herff Ranch in Boerne

If you are looking for inventory homes that are ready to move in, KB at Herff  Ranch has 5 homes ready to go.

Discounts

104 SIDEWINDER A-2183-3 — 3/2.5 2-STORY           $272,747             $19,000                $260,747 DECEMBER                 Upgrades $40,885

112 ROCKY PATH A-1996-C — 3/2 1-STORY               $320,368             $10,000                 $310,368 JANUARY                   upgrades $53,373

157 DESERT FLOWER F-2239-E — 3/2.5 2-STORY    $249,102            $11,000                  $238,102 JANUARY                    Upgrades $26,307

121 Sandy Shoal        F-2239-E —3/2.5  2-Story       $256,795            $8,000                   $248,795 January                         Upgrades$30,300

Contact us for a showing.

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New Home Construction Inventory

If you have been looking at purchasing a home here in San Antonio, you have found that the homes are in short supply.  Inventory is at a level of 3.5 months of inventory.  A balanced market is at 6.5 months of inventory.  You may want to consider looking at a new home.  Builders are offering huge discounts and other incentives for inventory homes that have already been built.  You may want to take advantage of these incentives before the busy summer season hits.  Discounts along with the inventory will most likely be limited at best.  Contact us and we would love to show you some great deals for ready to move in homes in the San Antonio area.

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Highland Homes Johnson Ranch

Can not find a home to purchase.  San Antonio’s home inventory is at 3.5 months of inventory.  Not much out there.   How about a brand new Highland home ready to move in.  Home is located north of 1604 on 281 in Bulverde.  Call me for details.

Johnson Ranch with Highland Homes:
3789 Brahman Road – 3617 sq. ft. beautiful two-story home
Move in today!  4 BR + 4 Ba + Game + Media + oversize yard
$359,500  ~  Final Sales Price!

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Perry Homes at River Rock Ranch

If you are thinking about purchasing a new home, let the Premier Group assist you with checking out the below inventory homes from Perry Homes in River Rock Ranch.

Three (3) one-story homes and two (2) two-story homes are on this quick move list!  Prices shown in MLS already have the buyer incentive listed!  Come revisit this gated community with pool, lazy river, fitness center and play area for the children!  The brand new elementary school provides ideal student/teacher ratios!

25830 Enchanted Dawn – 2-story, 5/4/2.5, media room, game room, office and spacious yard!

25918 Enchanted Dawn – 1-story, 4/3.5/3, spacious flex room, huge master and master closet!

25926 Enchanted Dawn – 2-story, 5/4/2.5, HUGE walk-in storage room, most popular plan with media room, game room and playroom!  WOW!!!

25931 Enchanted Dawn – 1-story, 4/3.5/3, lots of wood flooring, media room, extended master, extended rear patio, larger secondary bedrooms, open floor plan, and level entry to home!

8807 Ledge Run – 1-story, 4/3/3.5, views, views, views!  Flex room and extra storage space in garage!  

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Fall Buying Season Kicks Off Strong

San Antonio Board of Realtors: October Market Report

San Antonio’s fall buying season kicked off strong in September with a total of 2,280 homes sold during the month – a 14 percent increase from last year, according to the September 2014 Multiple Listing Service report by the San Antonio Board of REALTORS® showed increases as they have all year, with the average rising to $220,366 and the median to $184,700, a seven and nine percent increase respectively. The month ended with 1,757 pending sales.

“This year’s days on market have been some of our lowest in years. September reported just 63 days which is six fewer than September of 2013,” said Missy Stagers, SABOR’s 2014 Chairman of the Board. “Months of inventory was only 4.3 months which continues the trend we’ve seen for nearly two years in which inventory has remained below six months.”

During September, homes priced over $500,000 accounted for nearly a percentage more of total sales than they did in 2013 with those homes making up 4.4 percent of the month’s numbers. Homes priced between $200,000 and $500,000 accounted for 39.4 percent of sales (5.4 percent more than last year) and homes under $200,000 made up the majority of sales with 56.1 percent (six percent less than 2013).

According to Fannie Mae’s September 2014 National Housing Survey, the share of consumers who say now is a good time to purchase a home rose to 68 percent in September, a four percentage point increase from August.  The percentage of those who reported now is a good time to sell grew to 39 percent.

In San Antonio, this is evident in the increase in homes sold in 2014 compared to 2013, with a total of 18,840 homes sold so far this year. That is a four percent increase from the same period in 2013.

“All year we have seen increases over the previous year in terms of prices and total sales, and September is no different,” said Angela Shields, SABOR’s President and CEO. “While the spring often brings out shoppers who may just be looking, we expect to see more serious buyers in the fall.”

-SABOR

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