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Seven great “Green Ideas” That will save energy, money and make for a healthier living environment.

1. Buy a programmable thermostat and reduce your energy consumption by planning your energy needs.

2. Avoid buying plastic bottled water. Try to reuse everything, especially plastics…and recycle.

3. Reduce your water use. Make sure you have low-flow faucets, showerheads, and toilets.

4. Buy locally made products and locally produced services. Healthy food, environment and economy.

5. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs. By using energy-efficient light bulbs you will save energy and money.

6. Turn off lights and electronics when you leave the room. Unplug your cell phone charger from the wall when not using it. Turn off energy strips and surge protectors when not in use (especially overnight).

7. Recycle your newspapers, plastics and other items that your local waste pick-up will take.

If you’re looking for a green certified home in Lakewood Ranch Florida, Sarasota Florida or Bradenton Florida, let our Green Certified team member help you! Randy Huartson has made it a point to understand the ins and outs of Green-Certified Communities and Homes in Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton and Sarasota Florida. He can be reached by email or phone 941-586-9635. You can also visit the Jim Soda Group web-site to start your own home search!

 Join the Green Realtors Alliance of Sarasota for their second annual Green Homes Expo March 27, 2009. The expo with be held at the Chelsea Center (2506 Gulf Gate Drive) from 2-7 PM in Sarasota, FL. Service and Product Exhibitors as well as Industry Experts will be discussing the importance of living in an eco-friendly community and the direct benefits to today’s home owners and home buyers. So whether you are interested in sustainable living, saving money on energy or simply living in a healthier environment at home, the Green Expo promises to educate us on exciting ways to GREEN UP our homes and the community we live in. Exhibitors and discussion topics are as follows:

  Indoor air and water quality

 Green home construction

 Solar products

 Water conservation techniques

 Florida-friendly landscaping

 Green home cleaning products

 Natural pest control

 Energy efficient products

 Energy efficient mortgages

This event will showcase the best GREEN ideas and products available to our community. Come and enjoy this must see event. Please give Jim Soda Group’s Randy Huartson a call at #941.586.9635 if you have any questions.

Here are some bullet points and explanation on how the stimulus package (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) will affect home buyers. President  Obama is expected to sign this bill into law today  in Denver, CO.  An important area of the bill that was reduced was the proposed $15,000 home buyer tax credit.  The credit was cut down from $15,000 to $8,000, but is an improvement over last year’s $7,500 tax credit.  If  you are looking for a house or would like to contact me about the “Stimulus Package” please feel free to give me a call or e-mail me your question.

 Here are some bullet points of the HOME BUYER TAX CREDIT:

  •         Lesser of 10 percent of purchase price of home or $8,000
  •       Applies to purchases after 1/1/09 and before 12/1/09
  •       Primary Residences
  •       Available to individuals making up to $75,000 or $150,000 for joint returns
  •       First Time Home buyer (may not have owned a primary residence in the past 3 years)
  •       No repayment required, unless home is sold within 3 years
  •       Can utilize credit if using state/local bond financing 

Are you are looking to buy or sell a home in Lakewood Ranch? Whether your a first timer or experienced investor, working with the Jim Soda Group can leverage area knowledge here in Lakewood Ranch. It doesn’t matter if the market favors buyers or sellers.  The right agent will help you secure the best deal.  We pride ourselves on being knowledgable real estate consultants in the Lakewood Ranch area and vicinity:  

 

  • Local Market Homes Inventory and Activity
  • Preparing and Marketing Homes Effectively
  • Partnering with Excellent Vendors and Service Providers
  • Knowing the Area (Schools, Places of Worship, Where to Shop, Transportation, etc.)
  • Proper Pricing
  • Contract Preparation and Presentation

When you’re ready to buy or sell property, I am ready to help.  Please contact me or any of the Jim Soda Group to discuss a marketing or home buying plan for you! Give Us a call.

 

It’s a good possibility and better than average bet, that your future PORTFOLIO should again include…REAL ESTATE.  Who do you trust?  Why not become your own CEO?  And why risk your financial future on un-accountable CEOs, the greed of corporate directors, and spendthrift companies or investment talking heads? Even the wealthy got taken by Maddoff, while regulators watched. 

 

Our real estate prices are at levels making economic sense to buy and hold or look for rental properties that offer positive cash flow.  Bank foreclosures, short sales or just excellent valued properties may fit your investment needs.  A combination of your IRA, personal monies and loans may be the right equation.  What ever you decide it is a good time to buy. 

 

2008 was a difficult year for our local real estate market. The year began with initial hopes of our prices nearing the bottom. Many Sellers held on to that notion, some too long.  Many aggressive Sellers did sell.  Some will continue to wait for the right buyer.  In years past we didn’t know the term Short Sale or thought we would ever need to know it.  As time went on Short Sale seminars developed, Short Sale certifications were offered. We had short sale failures, short sale success stories and long hours of unsettlement with Loss Specialists whose job description the week before was Receptionist. These departments simply didn’t exist.  Bank foreclosure numbers rose and unfortunately, keep rising. Foreclosures are happening to very hard working families and some with unfortunate circumstances.  As if we needed more salt in our wounds nearly the entire credit market collapses and more new terms emerge, such as, “Bailout and TARP.” With debts now in the trillions.

 

So here we are in 2009.  Many of the same problems facing us remain.  We will probably hear and learn new definitions and terms as we go along for the credit ride.  We are hopeful this year will be a better year with more positive terms coming our way and successful stories.  Our position remains, the time to buy is now.  Allow yourself financial freedom with smart investments offering positive cash flow.  Be your own boss and start your Real Estate Investment Portfolio.  Please call me or e-mail if you have any questions. Happy New Year.

Its the Holiday/Christmas time of the year and things can be stressful with real estate transactions and the seasons activities. But as the year quickly comes to an end we would like to thank our friends and clients in Lakewood Ranch and the Sarasota-Bradenton area for a successful year. So if  you just need a quick laugh or grin. Click on this link for a Jim Soda Group Elf Christmas chuckle…Ho-Ho-Ho.

JOIN US, The Jim Soda Group of Prudential Palms Realty, and our community in celebrating the 4th annual e fest celebration November 15th & 16th at the Sarasota Polo Grounds in Lakewood Ranch.  Doors open at 9:30 AM each day.  Come and be GREEN!!!

E fest is a wildly popular Green-n-Healthy event showcasing Florida’s ability to live GREEN.  Sprinkle art and music to this e-celebration and together we’ll create a fantastic event!  This year the Jim Soda Group will be joining forces with Devin Rustowski, one of the areas best known and respected GREEN Builders. Bungalow Builders booth will showcase the current Green building advantages and what new technologies are coming in the future.  Stop by to discuss green homes, green building techniques and sign up for our raffle to win one of several prizes.  Go GREEN…Go E fest!!!