201505.19
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Use a Broker or Lawyer When Selling or Buying Real Estate?

Which is the best choice for professional services when selling or buying a property? A broker? A lawyer? Both? None? It depends …imagine that! Unfortunately, there are no hard and fast rules for which specialists to use when selling or buying a home or other real property. If a seller or buyer is very experienced…

201505.09
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Complexity Grows for Home Purchase Lending and Closings

As result of the Dodd-Frank Act, significant regulatory changes become effective August 1, 2015. These new rules will greatly affect the home lending and sales markets in how residential first mortgage loans are presented, processed and closed. Lenders, title companies and real estate brokerage firms will bear the burden in implementation. Consumers will allegedly receive…

201505.06
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DSIRE & RETScreen – Indispensable Resources for Distributed Renewable Energy Development and Energy-Saving Improvements

According to the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) (See website here), it is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University and…

201505.02
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Which Custom Home Builder? (Part 1 in a Series)

The quest in building your perfect dream home may often be chocked-full of surfing Pinterest, various architectural/building websites, driving new neighborhoods, visiting home shows and builder showrooms …maybe even considering sustainable technologies like renewable energy!  The possibilities are literally endless! But as anyone who has built a home, especially a custom home, can tell you,…