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Are “Green” Homes Worth It?

In today’s society, things are evolving to become more sustainable to reduce carbon footprints and the effects of climate change. This includes the construction and remodeling of homes.   Some of the new elements included when building “greener” homes are: Living roofs Solar panels Greywater recycling systems Sustainable construction materials Better insulation practices  The popularity of these initiatives has boomed as people begin to “greenify” their lives due to news on climate change; in addition, environmentally friendly homes cut down on total energy costs. Although there are new construction practices to create more eco-friendly homes, there are also plenty of renovations...
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To Rent or Sell an Additional Property?

In some situations, a person may face a situation where they have additional property; perhaps they’ve inherited it, or they’ve recently moved out of a starter home into their forever home. Then, they’ll be faced with the question, to rent or sell an additional property? It’s a question that involves thoughtful consideration — as it’s a big decision. Potential considerations may include. . .  Tax Considerations  One thing to consider when deliberating the question is taxes for selling and renting. Rental income is taxable at your regular tax rate; however, you can write off rental expenses . If you decide...
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The Age of I-Buyers: The What, the Who and the Wh...

What is an I-Buyer? An I-Buyer is, essentially, an instant buyer. It’s a real estate company that uses algorithms and technology to buy and then re-sell homes quickly. So, to put it simply, the company estimates the value of your home, then makes an offer. If you accept, they then sell the home themselves.  These I-Buyers claim they developed due to the frustration caused by more extended, traditional real estate transactions & the more on-demand service many expect in today’s society. There is still a commission to be paid, though, typically 6 to 8%; it can be higher than a...
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City Chickens: History, Breeds & Steps to Bec...

Chickens are moving to the suburbs; they used to be commonplace, even in more populated areas, but societal changes and regulations kept them out of city limits. However, recent trends of homesteading and self-sufficiency, as well as the popularization of chickens on social media, have led to changes in city rules as people fight for the right to have chickens.  Recently, a band of chicken lovers got Oconomowoc to alter their stance on chickens, and they are now permitted within the city. However, the ownership of chickens is controlled, with various regulations in place. These include aspects like lot dimensions,...
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