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How to Save the Most When You're the Holiday Host...

by The Cathy Russell Team

 

From our friends at Home Warranty of America...

Celebrating your first holiday season in your new home is a special milestone. We hope that this year is exceptionally memorable. However, all the necessary tasks such as cooking, baking, heating, lighting, and cleaning can run up your bills faster than Black Friday shopping. That's why HWA is dishing up several of the best ways to conserve your home's energy this holiday season.



1. Kill two birds with one oven. As we all know, holiday season centers around delicious, home-cooked food. Try cooking as many dishes in the oven at once - reheating and readjusting the oven zaps energy.

2. Be the dishwasher. Make the post holiday meal a time to bond over the sink. You'll save water and the energy it takes to heat it by filling sink basins with soapy water and washing and drying them yourself. If you do decide to use the dishwasher, make sure it's completely full before running so you can cut down on the number of loads you must do.

3. Manage your fireplace. The hearth is the ultimate energy saver. Make it count by turning down the thermostat to 60 degrees or lower and closing the door to that room. Just don't forget to close the flue when you're done!

4. Decorate with candles. Adorn your home and walkway with luminaries for a beautiful yuletide glow that won't run up energy bills. To ensure your luminaries are safe, be sure to weigh bags down with sand or use a battery-operated, flameless candle.

5. Appreciate the small things. Miniature holiday lights will twinkle just as long and brightly - while using about 70% less energy than the larger bulbs.

6. Speaking of lights...standard incandescent lights consume thousands of gigawatt hours each year. Avoid these energy hogs and switch to LED holiday lights, which will save you about one-fourth of that in just one season.

7. Cool it. Setting your water heater to "normal", or 120 degrees Fahrenheit, could save you over 10% in water heating costs.

8. Stay in control. Invest in a programmable thermostat, which will help moderate the temperature in your home while you're out on a shopping marathon or visiting Grandma's house. It is estimated that programmable thermostats can save you almost $200 in energy costs every year.

9. Follow the Star. Take advantage of Energy Star's "Home Energy Yardstick", where you can assess your current energy use and receive tips on how to enhance your home's energy efficiency, lower utility bills, and increase comfort. Learn more about how HWA supports eco-friendly Energy Star products here.

10. Go with the flow. A dirty air filter can slow air flow, putting more of a burden on your entire system. Replace your filter every month to save between 5 -10% on annual energy costs.

The Land of Cones

by Brian Russell

Living in Construction.

I don't like it. You don't like it. But it seems to be a fact of life here in Lafayette, West Lafayette, and Greater Tippecanoe County.

We live in a land of orange construction cones. Day in and day out, we have to merge, yield and sit in stopped traffic while our streets and roads undergo renovation and repairs.

And frankly, it blows. Especially when you're running late. With kids crying in the backseat. And ice cream melting in the trunk.

So I'm going to start sharing with you, reader, local updates, warnings and detours in our area concerning traffic congestion and road work.

Hopefully this will become a fairly useful resource to help you navigate your way through our fair cities.

And beside, in the long run, these construction projects are really a great boon to our community. We get the benefit of smooth roads that treat our cars well and improve mileage. All the workers have jobs to help support their families. And we are (eventually) able to get where we want to go a little bit quicker!

Stay tuned to this blog and check out our front page for the links to road construction updates.

Cheers,

Brian

Indiana Real Estate Market Numbers

by Brian Russell

This just in! The latest numbers for the Indiana Real Estate Market....

A summary: Sales up, prices up! New listings down. This is good news for sellers/homeowners because things are turning the corner. However if you're a buyer, this is a sign that if you are able, you should be pulling the trigger and buying NOW!

From Indiana Association of Realtors:

The good news made last month is part of a trend that proves local residential real estate markets across the state continue to strengthen from the worst of the recession. September 2012 marks the following consecutive year-over-year gains in home prices and market activity:

• The number of closed home sales has increased year-over-year for 15 consecutive months,
• The median sale price of homes has increased for 10 consecutive months,
• The average sale price has increased for nine consecutive months,
• The number of pending home sales has increased for 12 consecutive months, and
• Sellers received a greater share of their original list price for the seventh consecutive month.

This isn't a one time event, we are trending this way everyone! Here's to the recovery!

Brian

9314 White St, Clarks Hill

   

Listed as comm/other retail structures/stor in tax rec. Can be house with kitchen and wall added between LR & garage. Estate sale "As Is". Boards will be removed from windows and new front door being installed.  2 bedrooms | 1 full bath | 1,608 finished square feet

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See this  Clarks Hill home for sale  soon! Please call my office at 765-497-0700 or email Cathy for more information. We would be happy to set up a private showing for you!

Just Listed - 707 Noble Ct, West Lafayette, IN $250,000

by crussell

   

Immaculate Colonial 2 story w/partially finished lower level. Corner lot. Lovely deck, garden, and fencing. Newer carpet, open plan with columns. Corner fireplace in family room. Eat-in kitchen PLUS formal DR. All buyers must have pre-approval. Home warranty available.  4 bedrooms | 2 full baths & 1 half bath | 2800 finished square feet

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See this  West Lafayette home for sale  soon! Please call my office at 765-497-0700 or email Cathy for more information. We would be happy to set up a private showing for you!

Just Listed-2486 Gala Dr, West Lafayette, IN $375,000

by crussell

   

Must see! Bright light from large windows. Kitchen, sunroom, nook are all open. Gorgeous yard w/beds all around deck & hot tub. First floor master with separate tub, shower, his & hers. Jacuzzi has colored lights in jets. Home is wired for surround sound. Full finished lower level with walk out features additional kitchen, bedroom, rec room, and full bath. Wide stairway. Tons of storage. Large foyer. Wired for alarm system.  All buyers must be pre-approved. Home warranty available.
 4 bedrooms | 4 full baths & 1 half bath | 4288 finished square feet
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2.5 Acres! 808 N 725 W, West Lafayette $115,000

by crussell

   

Beautiful acreage with turkeys and deer-just like a cabin in the woods! Plenty of room to add on or build another house. New septic and drive. Two key numbers. All buyers must have pre-approval. HW available. See this  West Lafayette home for sale  soon! Please call my office at 765-497-0700 or email Cathy for more information. We would be happy to set up a private showing for you! You can also view more photos of this home and search the entire Indiana MLS at www.cathyrussell.com

   

Freshly painted. Fenced yard, corner lot overlooking pond & walking trails (extra window in kitchen for that!) Split floor plan w/very spacious feel. Finished garage w/insulation! HW avail. Pre-approved buyers only, please. See this  West Lafayette home for sale  soon! Please call my office at 765-497-0700 or email Cathy for more information. We would be happy to set up a private showing for you! You can also view more photos of this home and search the entire Indiana MLS at www.cathyrussell.com

Just Listed-1322 Fairfax, Lafayette $215,000

by crussell

   

Super location on quiet cul-de-sac. Fully fin LL w/2 egress windows & 4 huge storage rooms, fam room, bath & BR. Master suite w/dbl doors to master bath w/jacuzzi. Great room w/columns, raised hearth on FP. Security & sprinkler systems. Radiant heat in basement floor. Home warranty available. All buyers must have pre-approval. See this  Lafayette home for sale  soon! Please call my office at 765-497-0700 or email Cathy for more information. We would be happy to set up a private showing for you! You can also view more photos of this home and search the entire Indiana MLS at www.cathyrussell.com

6223 Gallegos Dr-West Lafayette $260,000

by crussell

 

Historical replica of Virginia townhouse. Wonderful fenced lot with mature trees. Bonus room over garage offers possibility of home office or rec rm (needs heat). 9' ceilings (incl bsmt). Masonry fireplace in family room with full wall of built-ins. Authentic mural, lighting, molding, and shutters on windows create historical charm. Bath plumbed in LL. All buyers must have pre-approval. Home warranty available. See this  West Lafayette home for sale  soon! Please call my office at 765-497-0700 or email Cathy for more information. We would be happy to set up a private showing for you! You can also view more photos of this home and search the entire Indiana MLS at www.cathyrussell.com

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