Raising Mortgage Rates, Dropping Interest?

By Rob Myers / April 14, 2014 / 0 Comments

The latest figures show a sharp dropoff in applications for new mortgages in the quarter ending  March 31st ( ). As a builder, rising rates are always bad, and for borrowers the higher rates mean higher costs and payments. But the dropoff in applications might have a silver lining- namely it gives lenders a chance […]

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Remodeling vs. Building New-Ongoing Discussion

By Rob Myers / April 2, 2014 / 0 Comments

This morning I was called in for a consult on a home recently purchased by  a person who was originally interested in a new home. The discussion we had reminded me of the ongoing debate of “new vs. used” and when it’s a good idea to buy and remodel and when it isn’t. When you […]

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Does everything in your home have to be “App’d”?

By Rob Myers / March 20, 2014 / 0 Comments

So digital apps are the rage. Everything has to have an app. But, does it really make our life better? I’ll admit that some apps definitely do- checking the weather- getting news and things like that. Do I really need to navigate an IPhone or android app to turn on my stove? I’d rather the […]

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Solar Panels are gaining ground

By Rob Myers / March 18, 2014 / 2 Comments

Solar panels are definitely gaining ground in the US. The technology is evolving and getting better and cheaper per KW generated, and many companies are working on creating better batteries to store electricity generated and not used right away. The last few years there have been great programs from the State of Ohio and the […]

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New Energy Code requires Blower Door Tests

By Rob Myers / March 8, 2014 / 0 Comments

The adoption of the 2009 building code last year introduced blower door testing to all new home construction starting this January. What’s a blower door test- well, a blower door is a contraption that blocks the front door and has a big fan in it. The tester turns the fan on and sucks air out […]

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