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Tax Credit Renewable Resources

by Victoria Luhring

              Tax Credits for Renewable Resources 

Government Incentives are available to help reduce the cost of renewable resources.  This is available for business and homeowners to obtain many forms of clean energy from solar, thermal, wind and heating sources.

More incentives from the Department of Energy -In addition to federal tax incentives, some consumers will also be eligible for utility or state rebates, as well as state tax incentives for energy-efficient homes, vehicles and equipment. Each state’s energy office web site may have more information on specific state tax information.

 Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credits
Consumers who install solar energy systems (including solar water heating and solar electric systems), small wind systems, geothermal heat pumps, and residential fuel cell and microturbine systems can receive a 30% tax credit for systems placed in service before December 31, 2016; the previous tax credit cap no longer applies.

There are so many available - See Department of Energy to start your search. 

Helpful Home Staging Tips

by Victoria Luhring

Here are some helpful tips for staging your home for maximum profit. Although small things like adding a vase of flowers or painting a room will not always deter a potential buyer, many buyers have an easier time imagining themselves in the home when there are things that make the home look “homey.” As an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP), I have been professionally trained in home staging and I am available to help you stage your home for maximum profit. If you should choose to list your house and would like me to do it, I would be happy to help you and give advice to you about staging your home. For now, here are some helpful tips:

 

  1. Try to clean up all clutter in your home. Buyers who are looking at a cluttered home maybe distracted by the clutter and not even give the home a chance. If the home is clean and tidy, the buyer can look at the important things in the home, like if they like the layout.
  2. Curb appeal is very important. Make sure the “drive-by” view of your home is appealing. Try planting some simple flowers and making sure your lawn is freshly mowed before a showing.
  3. Take a walk-thru of your home and notice what items your eyes catch. If your eyes are drawn to an unsightly spot on the wall where your 2-year old got a hold of a crayon, maybe you should consider painting the room.
  4. Clean, clean, clean. Always make sure your home is clean for a buyer. Like I said before, buyers can better imagine themselves in a clean and tidy house.
  5. Find someone to make the minor repairs in your home, a fix-it person. Make sure no taps are dripping and all cupboards shut and open properly. If they don’t, find someone you trust to help you fix these. Or do it yourself!
  6. Stuffiness is bad. Let some air into your home before a showing (especially if you are not using air-conditioning). No one likes to walk through a stuffy house.
  7. Try staging your home with fresh flowers. They let in a light, pleasant scent and are visually pleasing. They make the home seem fresh and up-kept.
  8. Let some light in. Natural lighting always looks better than artificial lighting. Try opening your blinds or pulling them up. Let the outdoors in!
  9. Try playing some soft, pleasant music in the background for showings. It’s normally better to have a CD in rather than a radio station because some people don’t like to listen to the commercials. And make sure it is not turned up too loud, so that the buyers and the buyers’ real estate agent can talk about your home without shouting.

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What to do when Buying a House

by Victoria Luhring

Buying and owning a home is a dream for many people. But there are so many things you have to put in order for the transaction to go smoothly. You want the purchase of your dream home to be as perfect as possible. Here are some tips for a smooth transaction:

 

  1. Make sure your credit is strong. It is a good idea to resolve any credit disputes and pay off all credit cards prior to buying a house. Also, check your credit score. You can easily do this online for free. This will give you an idea as to what your credit score is like and will let you know if you need to do something to improve it.
  2. Use a mortgage calculator to determine how much you can afford in the purchase of your home. Then make sure you get pre-approved by lender you trust. Many home sellers will not accept offers from buyers who are not pre-approved.
  3. Meet with a loan officer before contacting your real estate agent. This way, you can have a better idea of how much you can afford in a home before you see houses and become attached to one.
  4. Sign up for a MLS (Multiple Listing Service) alert service so that you can see all of the Homes for sale in your price range and criteria. This way you can pick out the ones that are the most attractive to you and schedule a showing.
  5. Make the decision from the beginning that you will not “fall in love” with a house until you have closed. This way you can be sure to get the best price for the home and not have your emotions mixed in with your decision making process.
  6. Research the facts  and area education to find the one that best suits your needs. It is a good idea to really put some time and effort into choosing the right area based on school districts, entertainment, grocery stores, and other shopping. You want to find the perfect area before you begin shopping for your dream home.
  7. Make sure you are detailed in describing what you want in a home. You want to make sure that you find the home that has as many of the amenities you seek as possible.
  8. Take your time. It is important to not rush into something, unless you don’t have a choice. If you have the time, shop around.
  9. Look at many things when considering a home, from the area to the potential problems. It is important to consider the resale value of your home in order to make a confident decision.
  10. Always schedule a home inspection. This way you can have a professional expert look at the house before you buy it. You can always back out based on an inspection, as long as it is within the inspection deadline. It is a good idea to have many types of inspections, such as the general inspection, pests, dry rot, radon, flood plains, and hazardous material. Also make sure you check into crime rates and local sex offenders lists.

Summer Safety Tips

by Victoria Luhring

FINALLY summer is here! Now is the time to spend your spare hours outside in the sun or in the water. With kids begging to play outside and out of your sight, it is important to teach them how to take care of themselves and protect themselves against the sun and other outdoor dangers. Here are some helpful tips for staying safe outdoors this summer.

 

  1. When it comes to the heat, most people will seek relief in a pool or lake this summer. With this in mind, it is important that you and your children know how to swim. Take some swimming lessons at the local pool or YMCA. Also, teach your children to always swim with a friend, or to always have someone watching them. Never swim alone!
  2. Swim in supervised areas only and make sure to obey all swimming rules. These rules are probably there for a reason.
  3. Don’t mix alcohol and swimming. Alcohol impairs your judgment, coordination, and balance, and also reduces your body’s ability to stay warm.
  4. Never swim during a storm. If you plan on going swimming later on, check the local forecast to see if any bad weather is coming.
  5. When boating, beware of weather changes. Choppy water and wind shifts are a good indication of bad weather. Always bring a radio to check the weather throughout your trip.
  6. Make sure you are prepared with all of the appropriate supplies, such as sun tan lotion, a flashlight, a first aid kit, and extra sunglasses.
  7. Always tell someone where you are going and who you are going with.
  8. Make sure you check your boat, supplies, boat balance, engine and fuel supply before you leave.
  9. When it comes to the sun, make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  10. Take frequent breaks from working in the sun. It is important to give your body a break from the sun and heat.

 

For more summer safety tips, visit the American Red Cross website. Click Here!

Chapelstone,Great Home in Great Subdivision!- Sold

by Victoria Luhring
Feature Home - Gorgeous Landscaping! Sold
 
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Address:   11048 Chapelstone    City/ST:   Whitehouse, OH   Zip Code:   43571  
Location:   11048 Chapelstone   Property Type:   Single Family Home   Sold Home  
Square Footage:   1785   Bedrooms:   3   Bathrooms:   2  
MLS#   4658095  
 
The search for a home similar to this one isn't impossible. I'll find you a home just like this one that sold.  This home is the largest ranch in the subdivision and has a wonderful open floor plan - perfect for entertaining. The exterior is nicely landscaped with flowers and larger trees. Enter the home through a covered entry way into a gorgeous foyer with hardwood floors and a coat closet. This home has a great room with vaulted ceilings, a large window, a ceiling fan, and a gas corner fireplace. The dining room is open to the kitchen and has a slider door to the concrete patio. The gourmet kitchen has loads of cabinets, counter space, and a snack bar area. The kitchen also has all black appliances and a window over the sink. The large master suite has two large walk-in closets with dual hanging bars and a dual sink vanity in the master bathroom. The other two bedrooms both have large closets and large windows. The large basement is unfinished but has lots of possibilities. This home has a first floor laundry with a full closet, utility sink, a clothes folding table, a window, and garage access. The charming back yard has a concrete patio. This home is located in a great subdivision close to banks, the post office, jogging/biking trails, and I-475. This home is also located in the excellent Anthony Wayne School System. This immaculate home is ready for you! Unpack and enjoy! Call Victoria at 419-460-5587 for your private showing!
 
 
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Surviving Divorce

by Victoria Luhring

Surviving Divorce

When a divorce is immenent, it's time to address both the legel issues and the emotional titlewave your about to ride.  Unless your a lawyer, the legel issues that will unfold are best left in the hand of a well chosen Lawyer.  A good lawyer will be able to councel you through the neccessary legel issues and put some of your questions to rest.  Don't fight the laws, work within the laws and the advice of your lawyer.  

Steps to Building a Positive Support System:

It's human nature to fear what you don't know and avoid change.  You need to tell family and friends, which isn't easy, but this is an opportunity for some of those relationships to grow while getting their support. 

It is counter-productive and damaging to use the children as leverage.  When the boxing gloves go on for another round between you and your spouse, remember the strain it is putting on the children who are watching or listening.  Children absorb everything and find ways to blaim themselves, become moody, scared, withdrawn and can sense hostility while feeling powerless and vulnerable.   

Even an adult would have trouble dealing with all those emotions at once.  The children need that secure feeling of love from both parents.  A Mother and Father are the two most important people in the children's life, continue to give them the hugs they need, while supporting the love they have for your ex-spouse.   If you can't find the right words to help calm your child, remember a good cuddling sometimes works.  

Try to think of it as a chance at a New Positive Future.   Think of it as a second chance or a do over.  So many people say if they would have known at 18 what they knew at 40, things would be different.  It's not to late to pretend your 18 again and start over with new dreams and goals.  

Support can come from family, friends, church, neighbors, counceling groups, blogs, and even a good book. 

          Your getting a "Do Over" 
       Change can be hard but Good!

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Wauseon - 110 mpg Engine?

by Victoria Luhring

         All Eyes are on This target to 110 mpg Engine in Production now!

Doug Pelmear, owner of www.HorsePowerSales.net has leased a 100,000 sq. ft. facility to start production of his revolutionary engine in Wauseon, Ohio.  A Decatur, Ind., specialty car company, Revenge Designs Inc., has contracted with Pelmear to produce and unveil the "Revenge Verde Super Car".  The launch will be introduced by the end of this year at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. 

See More On Doug Pelmear:  Toledo News Article
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Wauseon - Pelmear Approval
Revenge Verde Super Car
Time Bulletin

Why they Withdrew from Competition


Alternative-fuel vehicles, diesel vehicles with advanced lean-burn technologies, and fuel-cell vehicles are also eligible for tax credits. See the IRS summary of credits available for Alternative Motor Vehicles.  List of Automotive tax incentive.

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7334 Crosscut, Holland, OH 43528 - Wooded and Private!

by Victoria Luhring
Feature Home - Wooded and Private! Inactive 
 
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Address:   7334 Crosscut    City/ST:   Holland, OH   Zip Code:   43528  
Location:   7334 Crosscut   Property Type:   Single Family Home   New or Resale:   Resale   
Square Footage:   2264   Bedrooms:   4   Bathrooms:   2 full, 1 half  
MLS#   4657979  
 
Inactive - This could be your new address! You will love living in this beautiful house on a secluded wooded lot with mature landscaping. Enter the home through the newer front door with leaded glass side panes. The large entry way has tile flooring and large coat closets. This home has a newer roof and a newer A/C and furnace. Throughout the home you will find six panel doors, ceramic tile through most of main level, and tons of storage. The large den is gorgeous with plank flooring, french doors, and bright windows. The beautiful formal dining room has double doors that lead to the kitchen, tile flooring, a ceiling fan, and a large window. You will love entertaining in the gorgeous family room with window seats, newer carpet, and a slider door to the patio. The family room also has a charming wood burning fireplace and is open to the remodeled eat-in kitchen for easy entertaining. The eat-in kitchen has a breakfast area with a bay window. The kitchen also has tile flooring, large pantry cabinets, and a window over the sink. The master bedroom suite has large windows and a ceiling fan. Relax in your luxurious master bathroom with a pedestal sink, a walk-in closet, tile flooring, decorative lighting, and a glass shower door. The three other bedrooms have large double door closets, carpet, and ceiling fans. All of the bathrooms have been updated. The second full bathroom has tile floors, a decorative sink, a newer tub/shower, and a mirror. This home also has a finished basement with a drop ceiling, glass block windows, a storage area under the steps, cabinets, and a possible fifth bedroom. The possible fifth bedroom could also be an exercise room, den, or office and has carpet, neutral paint, and paneled walls. The laundry room has vinyl flooring, a utility sink, and cabinets. Outside of the home, you will love the deep woods feeling. The back yard is fenced and has a concrete patio, mature trees, and garden areas. This home has a 2.5 car side load garage with pull-down steps to the attic, cabinets, and tons of additional parking. This home is located on a dead-end street with no side neighbors. The home is nicely landscaped and has a newer concrete driveway. To see this gorgeous home, call Victoria at 419-460-5587!
 
 
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Contact Information

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Victoria's Luxury Home Team
The Danberry Co. Realtors
3555 Briarfield
Maumee OH 43537
Cell : 419-460-5587

    

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